10 September 2003
Nursery Nurses condemn 'misleading' Bosses' Briefings
UNISON, the union representing the majority of Scotland's local
authority nursery nurses, today expressed its disappointment that
the employer CoSLA is pre-empting its meeting with trade unions
on Friday by briefing on a supposed offer for nursery nurses.
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Secretary for Local Government
"The £18,000 figure for nursery nurses being mooted around
by CoSLA today is disingenuous, and misleading. And its disappointing
that CoSLA is pre-empting Friday's meeting with letters to MSPs
and MPs when they should be talking to their employees the nursery
"This is not yet an offer. All UNISON has been formally
shown to date is the Report of CoSLA's Nursery Nurses Technical
Working Group, and we are hoping that any formal offer made on Friday
improves on this Report".
The proposals in the Technical Working Group fail to meet the nursery
nurse demands on a number of levels:
- CoSLA fail to indicate who decides a nursery nurse is ‘fully
qualified and competent' and meets the £18,000 top line.
- CoSLA admits it cannot make councils implement the proposals,
- It fails to deliver a progressive career structure for nursery
- Most nursery nurses working in schools and classes will be paid
Carol Ball, Chair of UNISON's Nursery Nurses Working Group and
herself a nursery nurse, said:
"Under the CoSLA report the majority of nursery nurses
will be earning under £15,000, which does not meet our pay and grading
claim, nor take into account the 15 years of underpayment and increasing
roles of nursery nurses. We truly hope that CoSLA will be offering
something better than this when we meet on Friday".
A major rally is taking place on Saturday at Glasgow Green in support
of Scotland's nursery nurses. Unless CoSLA can come up with an acceptable
offer to meet the nursery nurses pay and grading claim, further
strike action is planned across Scotland to take place next week
on either Tuesday and Wednesday (16 and 17 September) or Wednesday
and Thursday (17 and 18 September) depending on the locality.