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12 September 2003 16.45

Rally to launch further nursery action as employers 'offer' a sham.

UNISON, the union representing the majority of Scotland's local authority nursery nurses, today announced that the major rally in Glasgow tomorrow (Saturday 13 September) will kick off a new series of two-day strikes across Scotland in the coming week.

This was announced after unions reacted angrily to CoSLA's statement that the proposals from the technical working group could only be recommended to councils.

UNISON said the CoSLA position was totally outrageous, wasn't even an offer and is totally reliant on local councils' discretion.

Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government, said "We have said all along that the report from the Technical Working Group was flawed. Today it became absolutely clear that the employers at Scottish level would not make an offer to the nursery nurses which could settle the dispute. Instead we were told they would recommend it to their councils but could go no further. We feel that CoSLA has strung us along for nearly two years and now they say it's a matter for local negotiation. We'll be talking to our nursery nurse representatives next week and deciding on our response."

Angela Lynes, Chair UNISON side, Scottish Joint Council said "The employers behaviour today calls into question the bargaining machinery itself. We expect to negotiate seriously and in good faith with a view to reaching an agreement, we expect the employers to do the same."

The Rally is taking place on Glasgow Green Saturday 13 September between 1.00pm and 5.00pm, and will feature supporting speeches from a cross party group: Margaret Jamieson MSP (Lab); Shona Robison MSP (SNP); Elspeth Attwooll MEP (ScotLibDem); Carolyn Leckie MSP (SSP) and Patrick Harvie MSP (Green).

Other support will come from local film actor Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot and Gangs of New York) and STUC General Secretary Bill Speirs.

The day will also feature stalls and entertainment for kids to encourage parents and other supporters to attend.

Strike action will take place across Scotland for two days, either Tuesday and Wednesday (16 and 17) or Wednesday and Thursday (17 and 18), depending on the locality. [A major event is planned for Edinburgh on Wednesday 17 click here for details on the Edinburgh UNISON Branch site].

Further industrial action may be called unless improvements are made to the offer.


For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (Scottish Organiser - Local Gov't) 0845 355 0845(w) 07990 505698(m) Angela Lynes (Chair-UNISON side Scottish Joint Council) 0141-552 7069(o) 07979 522606(m)

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In Brief...

  • Anger from unions as talks break down and national bargaining undermined by employers

  • After all the delays, employers make no offer and say it's down to local negotiations

  • Unions refuse to sign up to flawed report

  • Employers say report only 'recommendation' councils will not have to implement - no guarantees

  • Rally on Saturday, next week's action and rally in Edinburgh on 17th go ahead