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Nursery nurses

Issue No. 1852

SOME 140 nursery nurses in Kirklees completed five days strike action last Friday. The strikers, who are members of the Unison union, had already taken four days of action as part of their campaign to win a regrading. The action is having a big effect.

On the last day of the week-long strike management made a new offer which was to be put to a mass meeting of nursery nurses on Tuesday. Nursery nurses kept up an amazing level of activity during their strike. A mass meeting in the middle of the strike saw over 100 of the strikers attend. The strikers used the opportunity to visit other council workplaces not just to raise money but to build for a special general meeting of the Unison branch.

Jill Hinchliffe, a nursery nurse shop steward, said, 'There is no doubt that the combination of our magnificent strike with so many people being active for the first time and the threat of action by the whole branch has forced them to make an offer.'

Another striking nursery nurse said, 'We were all a little nervous when we first started the five-day strike but it has turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done. The mood of the mass meeting on Wednesday was determination to keep the action going. It was a real boost to hear that nursery nurses in Scotland have voted to take strike action over pay.'

The strikers have continued to receive support from parents, fellow unison members and the public.

Please send messages of support and donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP or fax 01484 450 174.
Roger Grigg

NURSERY NURSES employed by Tower Hamlets council in east London have voted by over 90 percent for action on a regrading claim.

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Sat 24 May 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1852
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