Support Scotland's nursery nurses!

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:07

Nursery nurses in Scotland are continuing their indefinite strike action after the Scottish Parliament rejected calls for a national pay settlement. Around 300 of the 5,000 nurses on strike demonstrated for improved pay outside the Scottish Parliament as MSPs debated the issue on 11 March.

The Scottish Socialist Party had tabled a motion calling for "a fair, nationally negotiated settlement" to the pay dispute.

But MSPs voted 70 to 44 for a Scottish Executive motion urging councils and union leaders to get back round the negotiating table.

Nine local authorities have agreed to local pay deals but the nursery nurses' union Unison wants a nationwide deal.

The nursery nurses currently earn on average £13,000 a year and are asking for £17,000. Their dispute has lasted nearly a year, and they moved to all-out, indefinite strike action at the start of March.

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