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Strikers resolved to win

Issue No. 1847

SOME 140 nursery nurses in the Unison union in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, struck on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The action is in support of a regrading claim. The strikers got support from parents, colleagues and members of the public.

The nursery nurses organised pickets at the small number of schools where scabs were working. The strikers also held a lobby of the council on Wednesday. They occupied the council chamber to hear one of their stewards address the leaders of the council.

The deputy leader refused to make a statement and threw the microphone down in anger as the nursery nurses jeered him for his contempt. The regional secretary of Unison has pledged the full support of the union. Its Yorkshire and Humberside regional council has donated £500 to the hardship fund. The resolve of the strikers has increased after the council refused to enter meaningful talks. It has also spread lies about the pay offer.

The strikers are meeting on the first day after the Easter holidays to discuss escalating the action. This dispute can be won and the way to achieve this quickly is to organise all-out action.
Roger Grigg

Send messages of support to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP, or fax 01484 450 174.

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Sat 19 Apr 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1847
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