the nursery nurses have had no approach from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to reopen the talks on their pay and regrading claim.
Unison's Scottish organiser for local government, Joe Di Paola, said:
'What Cosla are doing is creating more and more problems for
parents. They know that this is the case and yet they refuse to talk to us.
Everyone now recognises that the recommendation that they made, would be
worth nothing to the vast bulk of nursery nurses, even if councils chose to
implement it. Indeed, Cosla's president is obviously aware that it is a
poor offer, as his own council agreed to pay its nursery nurses more to get
a temporary local settlement! We would ask him to insist that a deal is
done in Scotland to stop this continuing escalation.'
This week of action will close nurseries in the following councils: East,
North and South Ayrshire , and Perth - all week; Argyll & Bute, Moray,
Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Stirling - Tuesday-Thursday, 28-30
Oct; Scottish Borders - Tuesday and Wednesday; Orkney - Wednesday and
Unison is worried that a break up of Scottish-wide pay could lead to a
'social - work' style situation, with councils offering different
incentives to attract nursery nurses. They accuse Cosla of a blinkered
The union will be meeting in the next two weeks to agree the tactics to
continue the campaign.
Carol Ball, chair of Unison's Scottish nursery nurses working party said:
'It is a huge disappointment to nursery nurses to have to
intensify their action. We know it hurts our children and their parents.
Even at this stage we would call on the employers to re-open talks in
Scotland. Nursery nurses want to get back to the job of educating and
caring for children. And they want to do it across Scotland, being paid the
same salary for doing the same job.'