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Mon 29 Mar 04

If CoSLA won't come to the table...?

Over 2,000 Nursery nurses will march through Edinburgh today (Monday) to deliver a message to CoSLA that they should re-open talks. The nursery nurses will bring their own negotiating table with them, so that they can urge CoSLA to sit down at it!

Carol Ball (Chair of UNISON's Nursery Nurse Working Party) said: "CoSLA has consistently refused to come to the table and negotiate a Scotland-wide deal, so we thought we would bring the table to them. This demonstration shows that nursery nurses are not going away and we will stick together to win this dispute."

The demonstration will assemble at Atholl Crescent (off Shandwick Place) in Edinburgh at 12 noon, marching off at 12.30pm to the CoSLA offices at Haymarket. After a brief stop there to deliver letters (and the table!) the demonstration will move off to rally at the UNISON office at Belford Road.

Joe Di Paola (UNISON's Scottish Organiser - Local Government) said: "Whilst this demonstration will be good-humoured, the employers should not doubt the seriousness with which our members are pursuing this dispute. It is long past time that CoSLA should be negotiating. They clearly care more about the political totem of local negotiations, than they do about the services that our nursery nurses provide"


[Note to Editors: Nursery nurses and Rally speakers will be available for photos and comments before and after the demo. The table will be carried on the demo and placed in front of the CoSLA offices - inviting their negotiators to sit at it!]

For Further Information Please Contact: Joe DiPaola(Scottish Organiser - Local Govt) 0845 355 0845(w) 07990 505 698(m) Carol Ball (Chair - Nursery Nurses Working Party) 07803 952 263 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)


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