Date: Mon 9 November 2009
Lobby of college graduation ceremony in campaign against nursery
UNISON, the education union, today announced that its members
would lobby the graduation ceremony of Glasgow College of Nautical
Studies tonight (MONDAY) in its continuing campaign to reverse
the college plans to close its Thistle Street nursery.
The lobby will take place at Glasgow Concert Hall, tonight (9
November) at 6.30 pm. It is not planned to interfere with the
functioning of the ceremony.
Scott Donohoe, Assistant Secretary for UNISON's Glasgow city
branch said "We are using this public event to draw attention
to the appalling decision by the college to close its nursery
and withdraw a childcare service from students and staff.
"The college has always intended to close the nursery despite
the constructive views & input of UNISON, the staff, MSP's, parents
etc. It is clear that this service cut has been driven by the
prospective merger of city colleges, and it shows that this merger
does not have any affordable childcare arrangements for staff
and students. A major reduction in standards in the current economic
climate. In the 21st century, parents with children should have
a right to support to help them continue with their studies."
UNISON has called for an Equality Impact Assessment, required
under Gender Equality legislation, and which has not been carried
out the union says. They have also demanded other information
on the decision making process of the college and the other merger
partners through a Freedom of Information request.
Scott Donohoe also points out that the union has not ruled out
further industrial action. "Members have already demonstrated
their commitment to action in defending this service," he said,
"and we give notice that UNISON will resist compulsory redundancies
with all means at our disposal."
The union called off industrial action on 20 August this year
in return for a commitment to a joint review of nursery provision
by both the college and UNISON.
The union is also writing to the Secretary of State for Education
and Lifelong learning to raise the issue.
Note for editors: Thistle Street nursery, run by Glasgow
College of Nautical Studies, is set to close in July, 2010, with
the loss of 54 places for children, and 19 jobs. Nine places from
the nursery have already been lost with the closure of the baby
room in September this year.
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