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16 September 2003

Nursery Nurses Rally in Edinburgh as Scotland-wide strikes take effect

UNISON, the union representing the majority of Scotland's local authority nursery nurses, today announced that there will be a march and rally in Edinburgh tomorrow (Wednesday 17 September) to support the nursery nurses striking this week. The Edinburgh march will start at 12 noon beginning at Market Street marching through Princes Street and ending with a rally at Ross Bandstand in the Princes Street Gardens at 1pm.

The march and rally takes place in the middle of a series of two-day strikes across Scotland after UNISON rejected a "sham offer" from employers CoSLA last Friday.

Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government said: "UNISON's nursery nurses are resolute and determined to continue their industrial action until employers recognise the value of the work they do. Last week's shambles in no way addressed the 15 years of low pay for nursery nurses. It wasn't even an offer, given that it could only be ‘recommended' to councils."

Barbara Foubister, UNISON City of Edinburgh Branch Chair and a Nursery Nurse said: "Sadly, the failure of the employers to negotiate and discuss with the unions has led to this sham offer and further disruption. The staggered action we undertook before the summer brought some sort of offer from the employer, so it seems that we must take Scotland-wide action to try and convince them that we want a proper offer with decent pay and conditions.

"Tomorrow's march and rally in Edinburgh will help build momentum and show support for our cause. We would ask that all parents understand that we do not want this disruption, but that it is being forced on us by the employers, who are still failing to recognise the value of the work we do in schools, classes and extended day provision across Scotland".


The following council nurseries are striking Tuesday and Wednesday (16-17 Sept): - Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll & Bute; Glasgow City; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries & Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Falkirk; Highland; Inverclyde; Moray; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney; Perth & Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; Western Isles. And the following on Wednesday and Thursday (17-18 Sept):- Edinburgh; East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian.

For Further Information Please Contact: Joe Di Paola (Scottish Organiser - Local Gov't) 0845 355 0845(w) 07990 505698(m) Carol Ball (Chair-Nursery Nurses Working Pty) 0141-552 7069(o) 07803 952 263(m) Mary Senior (Information Devpt Officer) 0845 355 0845(w)

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In Brief...

  • Rally details (UNISON Edinburgh site)

  • 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