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SCOTTISH NURSERY NURSE STRIKE ACTION TO TARGET SPECIFIC AREAS

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Nursery nurses in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders take ...
Nursery nurses in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders take

strike action on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as Scotland's nursery

nurses' action moves into its second week.

After the successful strikes of last week, Unison will move to a rolling

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,

said:

'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

nursery service.

'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.'

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