Wednesday 10 December
Parents and nursery nurses join forces to confront CoSLA
UNISON today announced a Scotland-wide one-day strike, demonstration
and rally in Dundee on Thursday December 11.
This is part of the current raft of selective industrial action,
which is affecting 13 councils throughout Scotland this week. The
demonstration will bring together parents and nursery nurses to
deliver a message to CoSLA, who are meeting in the city that day.
The main speaker at the rally will be Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish
Secretary. Carol Ball, Chair - UNISON's Nursery Nurses Working Party,
said "Parents are rightly frustrated at at the games being played
and the intransigence shown by employers. CoSLA's refusal to deal
with this Scotland-wide issue on a Scottish basis has meant continuing
disruption for parents and their children's education."
The march and rally will be led off by a group of parents supporting
the nursery nurses' case for decent pay, and will also feature a
"Nursery Nurse Choir" from Dundee, who have re-drafted some well-known
Anne Byrne, a local Dundee parent who will speak at the rally said:
'It is way past time that Scottish local authorities started talking
to UNISON. Kids are losing out whilst councils play for time. We
know what a valuable job nursery nurses do and we think they are
undervalued. I can see no reason why a nursery nurse in Angus or
Perth should be paid differently from one in Dundee. Teachers aren't."
Earlier the same day Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser
for Local Government, will deliver a petition in support of the
claim, to Edinburgh City Council. He will also address the council.
Joe Di Paola said "CoSLA should stop wasting their time encouraging
councils to try and split nursery nurses with local offers. Nursery
nurses are rejecting these. They can see what a mess would be created
if nursery nurses are paid differently depending on where they work.
Not only is this unfair, it is bad for the education of kids and
the service as a whole."
The demonstration will assemble at Greenmarket in Dundee at 12
30pm and march to City Square at 1.00pm The march will rally in
City Square and hand a petition signed by parents and the public
to CoSLA's representative from Dundee City Council.
Note for Picture Editors. The parents supporting the nursery
nurses will be at the front of the march.
For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (Scottish
Organiser - Local Govt) 0845 355 0845(w) 07990 505698(m) Carol Ball
(Chair Nursery Nurse WP) 0141-552 7069(o) 07803 952263 (m) Chris
Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)