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Nursery nurses' action is growing in strength

20 March 2004
SUPPORT IS flooding in for 4,500 nursery nurses in Scotland who began their third week on all-out strike on Monday. A delegation of strikers arrived in London on Tuesday to spend four days visiting branches and workplaces. The strength of the strike and the solidarity are putting immense pressure on COSLA, the Labour-dominated local employers.

Solidarity pours in for low paid workers on all-out strike

13 March 2004
BRITAIN'S BIGGEST all-out strike is having a big impact in Scotland. Some 5,000 low paid nursery nurses are out actively winning the solidarity they need to win a decent national pay rise. They are getting a great response from delegation work aimed at winning donations from union branches.

Globalise Resistance

13 March 2004
OVER 100 people attended the Globalise Resistance Scotland conference in Glasgow last Saturday. Participants heard George Galloway denounce as "drivel" Blair's recent speech that though the war in Iraq might have been illegal, it shouldn't have been. Mark Curtis, author and now director of the World Development Movement, spoke of the need for more direct action.

Scottish nursery nurses are determined to win

13 March 2004
A MAGNIFICENT 4,500-strong demonstration through Glasgow has kept the nursery nurses' all-out strike in the headlines across Scotland. The demo also blew a hole in employers' propaganda that the strike is losing public support and crumbling. Mary McIntyre from West Dunbartonshire, a nursery nurse for 20 years, told Socialist Worker on last Friday's march:

5,000 nursery nurses in all-out pay strike

06 March 2004
LOW PAID education workers have begun the biggest indefinite strike in Britain for many years. The 5,000 nursery nurses walked out in three quarters of Scotland's local authorities on Monday. Liz McCulloch, a nursery nurse and Unison union steward in East Ayrshire, explains why:

Nursery nurses need your support

06 March 2004
STRIKING NURSERY nurses were greeted with a wave of support from parents and the public. But they received staggering contempt from their employers, COSLA-the Labour-dominated Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities. "We are in a decisive dispute," says Carol Ball, the Unison union convenor of the nursery nurses' campaign. "All we want is for COSLA to talk to us about a national deal. Yet it's come to an all-out strike. We are calling for support from across the movement."

Meetings round-up

06 March 2004
"I APPEAL to everyone not to let the Muslim and Asian communities suffer the way the Irish suffered under the anti-terrorist laws," Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six urged a public meeting in Moir Hall, Glasgow, last week. The meeting, held on the eve of the Scottish Labour Party conference, was called to oppose the latest government attack on civil liberties.

Bus workers

28 February 2004
BUS DRIVERS from First Scotland East, West Lothian's main service provider, held a one-day strike last Saturday, as part of an ongoing dispute with management over conditions and pay. Many drivers began an unofficial overtime ban on Monday of this week. Further strike action has not been ruled out.


28 February 2004
WORKERS AT Scottish & Newcastle's Fountain Brewery in Edinburgh were outraged enough about the company's decision to close the plant even before the news this week that the company's profits in the eight months to 31 December rose to £471 million. The Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), the largest union in the brewing industry, has stated its opposition to the closure of the profitable brewery and pledged its support for the members' campaign to keep it open.

All-out challenge by nursery nurses

28 February 2004
OVER 4,500 nursery nurses in Scotland are set to begin an all-out indefinite strike on Monday following a magnificent four to one vote. The action pits some of the lowest paid workers in education in Britain against predominantly Labour local authority employers. The fight over pay and regrading is crucial for public sector workers and beyond.

81 percent vote for all-out action

21 February 2004
OVER 4,500 nursery nurses across Scotland have returned a magnificent 81 percent vote for indefinite strike action to win better pay through regrading. The ballot result, on a 68 percent turnout, comes after a campaign of one-day strikes stretching back to last summer.

Striking lessons in the universities

21 February 2004
TENS OF thousands of university lecturers are to strike over pay across Britain and Northern Ireland next week. On Wednesday 47,000 lecturers belonging to the AUT union in the "old" universities, those which were never polytechnics, will be out. In addition to Wednesday's strike, lecturers in Wales will also strike on Monday, in England on Tuesday, in Scotland on Thursday and in Northern Ireland on Friday.

Buses action solidly backed

21 February 2004
BUS DRIVERS with First Bus in the Lothians in Scotland struck for the day on Saturday. Workers at garages in Musselburgh, Dalkeith and Livingston were all out after a ballot in which more than two thirds of the 400-strong workforce voted for action.

An overture to ballot for all-out strike

14 February 2004
THOUSANDS OF nursery nurses across Scotland struck on Wednesday of last week and Tuesday of this in their long-running campaign to get recognition for the job they do. "We don't want to have to be on strike," said Margaret Ritchie on the picket line outside Royal Mile primary school in Edinburgh.

Compulsory reading for college students

07 February 2004
THERE COULD hardly be a better time for Socialist Worker to be available in universities, and soon many more students will see the paper. Over 40 WH Smith's and Menzies campus shops in England and Wales will be stocking the paper from next week, plus almost all Scottish universities.

Nurseries round-up

24 January 2004
Scottish nursery nurses ballot on all-out strike More than 4,000 of Scotland's nursery nurses still in dispute with local councils are to ballot on an all-out indefinite strike.

Nursery nurses

20 December 2003
MORE THAN 1,500 people marched in Dundee on Thursday of last week in support of Scotland's nursery nurses' national regarding campaign.

Nursery nurses

13 December 2003
LABOUR-RUN local authorities across Scotland have launched a despicable campaign in an effort to defeat the nursery nurses' pay strikes.

Bin workers

06 December 2003
AROUND 150 bin workers in north Lanarkshire in Scotland struck on Friday of last week. They are set to escalate strike action after council chiefs hired scab labour.


06 December 2003
THREE BRANCHES of the RMT rail workers' union want to switch their support from Labour to the Scottish Socialist Party.

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