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Nursery nurses

by Pete Allison
Issue No. 1863

NURSERY NURSES in Central Scotland and in Dundee took three days of strike action last week. This was the latest phase of action in the fight of nursery nurses across Scotland for a decent pay rise and recognition for the valuable job they do. At its height the fight has involved up to 6,000 nursery nurses in strike action, with noisy protests in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The nursery nurses are on appallingly low wages-getting just £13,800 even when they've reached the top of their grade. In Dundee the strikers are employed by the city council's social work department but they were supported in their action by colleagues in education. The strike closed six out of eight of the child and family centres in the city. Two remained open for children at risk.

The workers, who have played a particularly vibrant and energetic role in the recent strikes, organised a display of their skills in the city square. This was described by Unison branch secretary Rory Malone as ' a very busy event with many people yet again showing their support for the nurses'. More action was planned on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week in West and East Dunbartonshire.

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Sat 9 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1863
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