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Nurses step up pressure

Issue No. 1866

NURSERY NURSES in Scotland plan to escalate their action against low pay and for respect for the valuable job they do. The workers' Unison union has said that nursery nurses across Scotland will strike for a week, between Monday 8 September and Friday 12 September, unless Scotland's local authorities come up with a decent offer. The week of strikes will culminate in a protest at Glasgow Green on Saturday 13 September.

Nursery nurses have continued with a boycott of extra duties and rolling two-day and three-day strikes in different areas throughout the summer. The dispute has been lively and energetic, involving many new, mainly women, workers in action for the first time.

They are fighting against dire levels of pay which see newly qualified nursery nurses getting just £10,000 a year. The September action will be the first time all 5,000 nursery nurses across Scotland will have struck at the same time since the early days of the dispute in May.

This is an important stepping up of the dispute and will provide a chance to win wider solidarity.

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Sat 30 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1866
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