strike action on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as Scotland's nursery
nurses' action moves into its second week.
programme of action which will see different parts of Scotland targetted
each week with two day strikes, unless employers make an offer to resolve
the situation. The union's boycott of additional duties that have been
added to nursery nurse responsibilities since the last pay review 15 years
ago, continues across the whole of Scotland.
Nursery nurses are angry at what they see as duplicity by the employers.
Barbara Foubister, Edinburgh city branch chair and a nursery nurse herself,
'Cosla have said that the way forward is to enter nursery nurses into the
job evaluation process. But at the same time they have asked the unions to
put the start date for that process back until 2004. It is simply another
attempt to fob off low paid nursery nurses who have already been waiting
nearly 15 years. Well we cannot wait any longer.
Unison Scottish local government organiser Joe Di Paola said:
'Nursery nurses are fed up of the half truths and misinformation being put
about by local government employers.
'The constant pleas to 'get back round the
table' in the press, which were not matched by any contact with Unison, and
the bland refusal to acknowledge the demands made by the union to allow us
to get back into discussion, have made nursery nurses more suspicious of
employers motives. We need some tangible example of good faith.'
The action on Wednesday and Thursday will mean further closure of local
nurseries and nursery schools on strike days, and disruption of the overall
'Unless there is a genuine and demonstrable move by Cosla to end the
dispute by making a realistic offer,' said Carol Ball, chair of Unison's
nursery nu rse working party, 'the action will switch to another part of
Scotland next week.'