AROUND 140 nursery nurses in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, started a five-day strike on Monday. The strikers, who are members of the Unison union, have already taken four days of action and have now stepped up their campaign to win a pay regrading. Jill Hinchliffe, a nursery nurse shop steward, said, 'We are determined to win our fight. We have been underpaid for years and they thought we would just put up with it because we cared about the future of the children. But that is the reason that this fight is so important because it is a scandal that so much of the education system relies on low-paid women. There was no shortage of money for the war in Iraq. That money should have been used to provide fair pay for the low paid.'
The resolve of the strikers has been increased by the council's refusal to enter meaningful talks. This week the strikers were visiting workplaces throughout the council and the region to build support for the strike.
The nursery nurses need and deserve support, including financial support.
ALMOST 5,000 nursery nurses in the Unison union in Scotland have voted to take industrial action for better pay and conditions. There was an overwhelming 90 percent vote in favour of action including strikes and boycotts. These are set to start on Tuesday of next week with a rolling programme of local and Scotland-wide actions.
Unison Scotland nursery nurses' spokesperson Carol Ball said, 'Our pay has not been reviewed for 15 years and our claim was submitted over 18 months ago. 'After the latest employer's rejection, nursery nurses feel they have no choice but to take industrial action.'