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Nursery nurses

by Adrian Cannon
Issue No. 1870

OVER 2,000 nursery nurses from the Unison public sector union took part in a noisy and vibrant demonstration in Edinburgh on Wednesday of last week as part of their fight for decent pay. Members of the public tooted their car horns, cheered and applauded to demonstrate their support as the march passed them. Nursery nurses in different areas of Scotland struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

The nursery nurses are angry that the media are portraying the offer on the table as being £18,000 a year. In fact it is less than £15,000 once holidays are taken into account. The employers' body, Cosla, does not have to follow the recommended offer. Union negotiators, speaking at a rally held after the demonstration, told the nursery nurses that some councils are now moving to introduce local bargaining.

They assured the nursery nurses that Unison would only negotiate at a national level. They pledged that they would use more strikes to win a decent claim.

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Sat 27 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1870
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