Scotland's nursery nurses have achieved local settlements
after a year of selective action and up to three months of all out
strike. They send their thanks for the messages of support from
home and around the world.
well done to all those who stood together to the end we did our
best and should be proud of ourselves.
I think Nursery Nurses are a vital part of childrens education
it,s just a pity that our local councils dont agree. After this
industrial action i feel totally under valued and unrespected.
But thank you to my union reps for getting the best deal they
Its over and im glad we had reached the the end of the line just
sad our offer wasnt as high as other local authorities but we
should all be proud of coming this far.
From Anne Marie
can't believe the nurses were forced back to work with 'bully
boy' tactics and from a labour council - disgusting.
to all our colleagues who have still to settle
, keep strong, you deserve a good deal, we are all with you and good luck
cant believe we are still out after
all this time and that gcc isnt giving us a decent offer also it would appear
that the longer serving you are the lower the pay rise? where is the incentive
now to stay with this council?
glad to go back to work but I feel that I'm going back still underpaid and undervalued
by the council. Stick at it till you get what you really deserve. We're still
behind you here in Edinburgh. Good luck.
From Maureen Malone
I fully support all the Nursery nurses still on strike, I wish
I was. I am proud to say that I voted no, but can fully understand my fellow colleagues
who are on their own and were starved back to work. Keep strong and keep together,
you are more than worth it. We in Dundee are quite solid, in that the friendships
we have made on the picket lines and the fun we have had on marches and demonstrations
has been brilliant, something I will never forget. I remain stronger and commited
to our cause. Sisters together.
From Roberta McCutcheon
a quotation about women written by william ross wallace says
that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. perhaps
pat watters from cosla and our ever loving jack mconell should be shaking in their
shoes!!! keep strong glasgow.
28/5/04: Note: For some reason
messages from 20/5/04 did not show. They are now listed under that date below
just read that edinburgh nursery
nurses are going back to work does anyone know what the offer was?
Aileen and other interested folks, click on http://www.unison-edinburgh.org.uk/nursery.html
for the Edinburgh settlement. The meeting of nursery nurses in Edinburgh today
was unanimous in its support for colleagues still on strike in other authorities.
"This is a settlement in Edinburgh reflecting the specific difficulties in
Edinburgh. Our full support goes out to all our colleagues in other authorities.
We will back them to the full in their fight for what they see as a fair settlement"
Well Jacqueline, we did
it !! It is truly overwhelming that we can be so brave after 13 weeks of strike
action. When will GCC admit that we deserve better? Has anyone noticed how very
similar the offers are for those who are still out? A remarkable coincidence or
a cunning plan??? Judi, I applaud you for your continued support and for keeping
in touch.I think we should all as Nursery Nurses keep in touch,continue with the
support of each other now and when the dust has finally settled. In Solidarity,
Margaret/Glasgow Keep strong and hold your heads high.
W e should all be so proud of what we have
achieved so far. Thank you everyone for your support during the last 13 weeks.It
is strange to back at work, the staff at Fife House will miss us. Remember to
keep visiting my website www.zyworld.com/bluebell
to get support.
Goodluck Glasgow Edinburgh and Renfrewshire.We are all
The meeting on Wednesday was tough. I think a lot of people were thinking of voting
yes until we saw the additional terms in the revised draft. GCC you have only
got yourselves to blame. Sort it out and let us get back to work.
Have just heard the news tonight that
Glasgow have rejected the latest deal. I applaud your courage everyone. Well Done.
If the deal was not good enough for you, then you did right to reject, especially
after being out for so long. How brave. You have my admiration, respect, and complete
understanding at how difficult a decision you have taken tonight, and you continue
to have my support. Keep strong everyone.
Judi, Nursery Nurse, Dundee xxx
From Julie Munro
i agree with
val slaven 100% i know that it is so hard,not just about the increase in wages,
but the how the council recognise the fundamental job in which we do! I too, have
gone that bit extra, in my work, such as the shopping at weekends, the taking
work home at nights, going into work earlier, and going that extra mile.................and
what has it been for?? Lets try and keep smiling, stick together, and support
each other. We are professionals who provide a vital service to our society, and
we need to be recognised for it!!both in terms of pay, and as early years professionals!!
Good luck to all the nursery nurses still out after 13 weeks!!!!
cant believe it is 13 weeks since
we started this action , the offer the council gave us was just unacceptable who
would work more hours and get paid less for it.i felt so hurt and disgusted that
,that was all they felt we were worth .this council will see a very bitter workforce
returning to work . which is so sad because all our efforts were for the chidren,
all the extra fundraising that provided resources to enable us to carry out the
curriculum the shopping done when we were out at the weekends. we didn't have
to do it but we did. i would like to take this opportunity to thank parents ,public,
and staff team colleages for their support ,and to all my fellow strikers a very
big thankyou for lifting my spirits on my "down "days of which have beem many.we
can hold our heads high when ever we decide that the time is right for us to go
back to work .i have no doubts we will be one of the last to settle so be it.
From Aileen Johnstone
lets hope we get what we deserve and soon!!! r u listening gcc!!
hello to all my fellow colleagues out
there who are involved in this longrunning bitter dispute. Be strong. The meeting
on wednesday will be the decider, however I am urging everyone who is not 100%
confident with the offer not to take it. I, like everyone else, am desperate to
get back to work and be able to pay my bills without worrying. This worry will
only be dissolved if the offer is right. We have lost three months wages and to
go back for nothing less than we deserve would be so hard. The councils treatment
of us is ridiculous. They are trying to divide us all and get us back to work
with underhand measures. Please stay strong and hopefully at the meeting on wednesday
we will be offered exactly what we deserve x
LHMU Perth, Australia
Good Luck, working with childcare
workers everyday it never ceases to amaze me how strong and brave they are! Stay
solid, you are an inspiration to childcare workers around the world! x x x ...>>More
John Livingstone PCS GLW Branch Organiser
PCS GLASGOW SOUTH-DWP
Well done folks! You have kept strong and tried hard to keep your plight in the
media mainstream despite the derison from some tabloids and other such rags. Being
ignored by employers/councillors who should be hell bent and have the power to
end this dispute wil not be forgotten by parents of nursery kids like myself when
this dispute is over. REMEMBER! they will all be looking for your/our votes in
the very short term. Stay strong and achieve all. REMEMBER! "It's better to die
on you feet than live on your knees" SOLIDARITY from us. >>
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Unison Glasgow City Branch
I would like to say to all my fellow colleagues
out there, do not give up now, that is what the council want. Stay strong and
united we will win this. We must stand together for a little longer, after 12
weeks that is not an easy task, but we must do it. We can't give up now. We must
stick together to get what we deserve. We are relying on each other, so be strong
and we WILL win this! xx
From dave Nicholson
'Education, education, education'was once the mantra of Blair & his
cronies. They are now showing their true blue colours. Good luck in your struggle.
We are behind you 100 percent !
I would just like to say that the nursery nusres have
been strong, brave and their solidarity has been outstanding well done to everyone
and hopefully we will be back to work soon with a pay deal which we deserve.
Jack McConnell sat on the wall,
wouldn't play ball,
All the nursery nurses wanted to say,
was "We deserve
a national pay"
what do you think???
Health Workers Union Pakistan Gujrat-Pakistan
inspirational! Child care workers and low paid workers in Pakistan will be encouraged
by your action in their own struggles. All the very best to you all in taking
this stand together.
From Ed Nicholles
Union of Postal workers Fraser Valley West Local
Good Luck in your
struggle peace, Love & Solidarity
Ed Nicholles C.U.P.W.
From Lyndal Ryan
LHMU Canberra, Australia
"Good on ya!"
>> next LHMU message
- International messages today from Pakistan and a host from colleagues in
Australia. Thansk very much indeed.
All Pakistan Federation of United Trade Unions (APFUTU) Gujrat -City
APFUTU support your demand to Scotland Govt.
From Peter Campsie
my union represents child care workers in aust and are currently involved in national
campaign to upgrade our pay and conditions and to have employers recognise our
professionalism in nurturing our nations most precious asset we admire your tenacity
and principles in your long struggle good luck im sure you have all child care
workers across the world supporting you and hoping you win your struggle. >>
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LHMU Adelaide, Australia
You are inspirational! Child
care workers and low paid workers in South Australia will be encouraged by your
action in their own struggles. All the very best to you all in taking this stand
together. >> more LHMU messages
From Leah Nischler
a union official and ex childcare I both support and applaud your courageous stance.
By doing what you are doing you are making a statement that nursery nurses will
not be exploited and underpaid and that they deserve respect, recognition and
proper renummeration. Fight the good fight
Leah Nischler >>
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LHMU South Australia
Your struggle is for nursery
& child care workers everywhere to be recognised for the very important role you
play in our communities. You deserve proper recognition for the care, security
& education you provide for young children. I wish you well.
Andrews >> more LHMU messages
From Jim Lloyd
LHMU Sydney, Australia
strong and united. Good luck and best wishes. >> more
LHMU Western Australia
keep up the fight and never
give an inch.
>> more LHMU messages
From Ben Drake
UNISON York City
Further to previous message, our branch have now voted (if perhaps a bit late
in the day!) to send a donation of £1000 for the strike fund. Cheque is on the
way. Best wishes + solidarity to all and especially those still out. >>
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LHMU Child Care Union Australia Sydney, Australia
I am writing to you from Australia. We are very aware of your long struggle. Child
care workers in this country want you to win - 'cause it will give heart to our
own campaign for a better deal. Check out our latest campaign at: http://www.lhmu.org.au/lhmu/campaigns/childcare_budget/
Visit our web-pages at: http://www.lhmu.org.au/childcare/index.html
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From John Stevenson
Thanks for getting back to me and reistating to nurserynursessolidarityaction
me after the error.
I would like to offer my support and best wishes to those out
on strike. Last Friday, we returned to work after accepting an offer in Dundee.
It was a tough long, 9 week battle and I would really like to congratulate everyone
on their solidaritory. I have to agree with another comment in seconding the fact
that the strike has brought Nursery Nurses as a whole much closer and its great.
Please continue to visit my site. I would to ask anyone who can to send me information
on how their region is going so that I can keep things up to date and gather support.
By visiting my site at http://pages.ivillage.com /unitedwestand you can email
me from there. Carry on fighting and I wish you all the luck. All the best, Lisa
From UNISON Greater
London Region Education Sub-Committee
The Education Sub- Committee
of the Greater London Regional Local Government Committee sends its warmest support
to the striking nursery nurses, with the hope that all your demands are met in
David P Anderson
E. I. S. Edinburgh
Good Luck and if you are worth
it hang in there for the best deal now or the Regions will railroad you for years
to come! >>next EIS message
Having read the draft copy of a job description
for "Early Years Worker" it makes me wonder how a job description for a Nursery
teacher would be written, not much difference I shouldn't wonder. She will still
get far more than us WHEN we get our well earned pay rise. Who wants to be called
an Early Years Worker anyway? Who thought that one up? I think it's a degrading,
demeaning name. I am a Nursery Nurse and proud of it. Keep up the good work and
stay strong till we get what we deserve.
Selection at 3/5/04
Unison West Dunbartonshire
I'm a nursery nurse from
clydebank and it looks like our branch will be entering the 10th week of all out
industrial action, along with many other branches across Scotland. It deeply saddens
me that CoSLA failed to see the need for a national settlement for nursery nurses
but are arranging for a national pay grade for councillers at the rate of £25,000
part-time. Now knowing that the National Industrial Actions committee are supporting
the nursery nurses still out on strike with no set date for reviewing the situation
i hope we all STAY OUT until WE are happy with what the employers are offering
us. Stay strong and good luck x
Coventry District Branch Committee
met today 30th April 2004. Following a report of your dispute we decided to send
you a letter of support and a donation of £500. The branch feel you fight is an
inspiration to us all. It good to see people of such strength of character prepaired
to face hardship to force the employer to pay a decent wage. You fight is our
fight. Good Luck and solidarity. The cheque is in the post.
on behalf of Coventry District Branch
I'm a nursery nurse in Glasgow and have been
on the "rollercoaster of emotion" as everyone else has. I thank everyone for their
support- I couldn't do it without it. I draw strength now from the fact that we
are almost there. We should all be proud of raising our profiles- nobody will
ever say "oh aye, you play wi weans!" again!! Let's get the best we can and hold
our heads high x x x
am a nursery nurse from Glasgow and would like to congratulate all of the striking
nursery nurses for their determination and loyalty over the last 8 weeks. I know
we are all feeling let down and disheartend now that we have entered local negotiations
but its not over we don't have to accept the insults they have offered because
we know the service we provide to the children of Scotland is worth more than
that and so are we . Stand proud and stay strong until we get what we deserve!
Well done to everyone
for the outstanding rejection of the disguisting council offer put to us on Monday.We
are as a group of people bloody brilliant for what we have put up with so far.
Lets keep the momentum up and show Frank (Jack) Russell and his cronnies where
they can stick their offer.
From Emma Cranie
Unison North Lanarkshire
I am proud to say that i took part in eight weeks industrial action
and fought for what i beleived in. They should be ashamed of themselves. WELL
The great thing about
this strike that nobody can take from us is the people that we have met and the
friendships we have formed. It is brilliant the solidarity that we have shown.
Thank you everyone who has supported us it really has meant alot and at times
kept us going. We are not going away, we will fight on. Goodluck with your local
deals now that is all we have left and stay strong
Keep up the good work - you will
triumph in the end.
25 April 04
I am a nursery nurse from edindburgh and
still on strike,im sorry to see that more and more councils are settling locally.we
have all fought so hard the 2 months to get a national deal. we should all be
proud of ourselves for how long we stayed out! the last week has been awful hearing
all the news from the press and other collegues about the different councils 'local
offers'. we have been left with no choice cosla are a disgrace and i hope that
all the remaining councils give the rest of us a decent local deal!good luck to
all the nursery nurses in fife as we heard that your offer was poor!
UNISON Bolton Metro Branch.
At a recent Branch
> meeting we had the honour of hearing first hand from striking Scottish Nursery
Nurses about their current dispute. It was heartening to hear of their determination
to fight low pay and secure a better deal. I would strongly encourage UNISON members
involved in the dispute to get round as many Branches as possible (north and south
of the border). Your fight is our fight. Best Wishes from Bolton.
From Pamela Page
Congratulations for holding out so long in your strike . All trade
unionists should be proud of you. >> See next EIS message
21 April 04
Keep going everyone - you deserve every penny of what your
asking for. Nil Illegitium Carborundum
20 April 04
Charlie Butler (sorry for error in name previously - ed)
community and public sector union/civil service association branch
comrades all power to your members. i'm an organiser
for the state government public sector union in western australia and i'm also
a born and bred dunfermline boy. we too are fighting against a so called labour
government with a "rationalist agenda". all the very best. by the strength of
your members, you'll win the fight!
From Margaret Grady
Hi All, I have just come back from the STUC conference and have
to say a big well done to all involved. I thought I would pass on what I thought
were the main points. I know that Gill has posted a message saying that Jack McConnell
had been booed. Maybe that was when I was inside so I can't comment on that. He
was heckled during his speech, and Sandy Boyle , Chairperson, did ask the visitors
for control and said that he would comment at the end of J McC's speech. This
he did, and he gave a marvellous vote in favour of the nursery nurses. He said,
following a point made by J McC that CoSLA should talk with one voice and that
whether you were a nursery nurse in Wick or Wigan then you should be treated the
same. He also thanked us for remaining quiet during J Mc C's speech and said that
he realised how sensitive an issue it is.
Best wishes, M.
A big hi to all you nursery nurses still
on strike well its our eight week its getting hard lets hope that we get it sorted
soon so we all can back to work. I am very proud to be a nursery nurse and we
have stood strong and are very worth while lets not forget that we do a good job.
Keep strong everybody surely the end is near
19 April 04
According to edinburgh evening
news we're all ready to give up, take the local offer & go back to work. utter
rubbish, we have met & agreed we are all still solid in our claim for a national
settlement.at this crucial stage we should be prepared for more dirty tricks from
councillors & their back-pocket press. stay strong,best wishes to all.
From Lee Berrington
Keep up the fight girls,
don't let them grind you down. You deserve better recognition for the jobs you
do. Give the msp's a wage cut and they could easily give you a decent wage. Good
luck to everyone of you.
Cant believe its 8 weeks.Im now very disheartened and feeling very low.But
despite that im not giving in.Lets all stick together we can do it and hopefully
we will get the recognition we deserve and a national settlement.
UNISON Perth and Kinross
I feel proud to be associated
with all nursery nurses wherever I have met them. Although Perth and Kinross Unison
members voted to accept an interim offer from the local council overuling the
pleas of the shop stewards I wish I could rejoin the mass of good natured people
I met during this dispute. I hope that this totally justified dispute is resolved
promptly especially as we are about to enter a crucial phase for pre school children,
namely the last term prior to the beginning of school life. This term is so important
as it prepares the children so well sending them confidently into a new world.
Together we will get what we are worth.
17 April 04
Unison East AYRSHIRE
Hi All You Fellow Strikers. Well
here we go 8 weeks on Monday. You will all be like me getting a bit disheartened
by not hearing anything. Well this week I hope some news will break in our favour,
what a wonderful feeling it will be if we get A National Settlement. We will prove
all the Local Councils wrong in their assumption that A National Settlement was
beyond mear mortals like us (WOMEN) Our strength in staying out together for so
long should give them all something to think about. Just remember girls as the
Oh! YAE CANNIE THREATEN NURSERT NURSES ...BACK INTAE THEIR WORK...
WERE AWE STININ HERE THE DAY ...TAE SAY IT CANNIE WORK... BE IT THREATENING LETTERS,
KEEP OOR WAGES ...YOU WILL NEVER WIN... THE ODDS AGAINST US CAVIN IN ...ARE 99
From Nan Killick
On behalf of all South Ayrshire nursery nurses I would
like to thank all those who attended the national rally in Ayr on 13th. April,
a great day was had by all despite the weather. I would like to apologise as I
ended up in casualty due to twisting my ankle rather severely, and was therefore
unable to get around and speak to you all. I am still hobbling around on crutches
and was feeling very down this morning as we had another pointless mtg with our
employers yesterday. Reading all these letters has cheered me up and I have just
printed them all out to give to members at our mtg next week to keep their spirits
up as we have heard one or two are going to go back. This will be so damaging
for everyone as our employers are waiting for this to happen. We are all so frustrated
but if we can only hang in there a wee while longer we will indeed be organising
a huge celebration party for us all across Scotland. We have all made new friends
and we really must keep in touch after the dispute. Victory will be ours soon
friends and thank you one and all for cheering me up on such a driech day in Ayrshire.
16 April 04
From John Livingstone
PCS/DWP GLASGOW SOUTH (BRANCH ORGANISER)
It was nice to see the support
and effort being put in by the Nursery Nurses at Hampden Park on 11/4/04. The
adaptation of some football songs were a hoot. More importantly it showed the
strength being shown by these TU activists. As a parent of a child involved I
would again like to say that the parents still support you and that the TU movement
are watching in admiration. Solidarity from us. >>
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15 April 04
Fire Brigades Union Kirkcaldy
Your conduct of this
campaign has been admirable and now is not the time to back down. Keep strong.
They expect you to falter now. I know how difficult it is to keep motivated due
to my own strike experiences recently but your cause is just and you have our
support to keep you going
STUC Women's Committee
Fire Brigades Union >> see next FBU message
Well done everyone who has stayed
out,at times it's been hard but we are nearly at the end of our fight and at least
we can return to work with our heads held high.We will still be picketing every
day so give us a toot if you pass us.
From Margaret King
Good luck to all Nursery Nurses participating in the Tay Bridge march.
Keep up the fight and stay strong! I am in complete support of all you're trying
All, Just in case you have heard rumours that Glasgow have accepted a "deal" I
want to say that we haven't . According to the Evening Times we will all be back
at work by next Wednesday/Thursday. WE HAVE NOT SETTLED. (sorry about that, my
daughter has just told me that caps on the internet means that you are shouting)
!! Please spread the word that we are still out and still strong.
I agree with Lesley,
its important to stay strong. Its getting tough and we would all like to see a
speedy resolution!! Please don't forget to view my site in support http://pages.ivillage.com/unitedwestand
Note: UNISONScotland is not responsible for the content of external internet
14 April 04
From Lesley Greig
Keep strong nursery nurses. You are about to enter the
most difficult phase of this strike (after the Easter hols) when the employers
will hope to see a surge rather than a drift back to work. Best wishes to you
all - keep up the fight.
From Jim McKaig
Unison Dundee City
As a parent of a child in local nursery school, I can not say that this strike
has not caused a great deal of problems with associated child- care arrangements.
BUT I must stress that I am in complete support to the striking Nursery Nurses
and hope that with the solidarity of those on strike remains and they are successful
in thier goal. I have just returned from a rally in the city centre of Dundee
in support of the Nursery Nurses action, I hope that this show of support will
not go unnoticed by the those in authority, but I suspect it will.
From Morag Miller
unison south ayrshire
to all nursery nurses across scotland. friends and colleagues in south ayrshire
are looking forward to welcoming you to the march and rally at the low green in
ayr on tuesday. entertainments include: line dancing by nursery nurses from kilmarnock;
singing from the s.ayrshire girls; pipe band and face painting for the kids. irn
bru, good humour and short bread will be in supply. the rally will end with a
rendition of "auld lang syne".
From Lynn Wilson
support the nursery nurses all the way why dont they just get the money they want
they work hard enough for it keep fighting all the way
10 April 04
Fire Brigades Union Edinburgh
I give my full support to all
the nursery nurses in scotland. I have been in your position not that long ago,
and it is hard, disheartning, low morale, leaves you wondering is it woth it?
But i can asure you that even although it is hard, and does take a long time for
people to realise your jobs worth ect, it will be worth it in the end! Keep your
spirits up, keep smiling and give each other support! Hopefully it will be over
soon, and you will get what you deserve! >>
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9 April 04
Staying united remaining positive supporting our
fellow collegues public support parental support fellow unison members support.................
This is what we have got and what we need to win!
Nearly there girls! We have came a long long way and
we are nearing the end of this dispute! Come on jack mcconnell intervene, and
get this dispute solved, you are the one who can get us back to the jobs we enjoy!!!!!!!
8 April 04
day to all my fellow Nursery Nurses. I wanted to send a word of encouragement
to stay strong. It's a tough fight but we are united. I have made up a web site
which I am hoping I can spread around a bit so as we can voice our opinions and
also create an awareness of the situation we are on. Please take a look if you
can and send me your comments, Lisa http://pages.ivillage.com/unitedwestand
Note: UNISON is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
As a nursery nurse from Angus I appreciate the
support from Dundee NN as I know others do too. Has anyone visited this site,
it has newly started so come on and join. Lets show support to all of our striking
Note: UNISON is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
Just a note to remind all the nursery nurses
to stay strong, stay positive, and stay united! Its hard, i know as we have been
fighting this pay claim for a long time. But if we are to succeed, we need to
stay together to let everyone know just how serious and determined we are! A note
for cosla and the mps - we are determined and we are not going to crumble and
go back to work with this dispute unresolved. We are out and we will stay out
to win this dispute!!
I am a striking nursery nurse in renfrewshire, and like many others have been
out for the past six weeks. It is hard both in terms of no money and low morale.
But i believe that we are near the end of this long and hard dispute, and that
we will get a deal which reflects the hardwork, and quality job in which we do.
This will then show the public that by staying united and through our continued
determination and focus, that we have and deserved to win this dispute. Lets all
remember to keep focussed and stay strong! Good luck to every one of us.
From John Hutchison
Keep up the fight for what is right.I am fully behind
my wife in this struggle. You are almost at the end of an historic struggle for
recogniton. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
From Linda Turner
I am a striking nursery
nurse from Fife. It is great reading all these messages of support it really boosts
morale, I was feeling a bit down today, but reading all these messages has given
me a boost. Its great to hear how other branches are coping and how much support
is out there for us. We will get there if we stick together and show Cosla its
national or nothing, and we are strong.
6 April 04
To all my fellow nursery nurses
out there I'm sure there are times when this strike plays heavily on our minds
(as well as our pockets)but look how far we have come and public support is still
as strong as ever. Look to the future when we have won our just claim and we can
hold our heads high knowing just what we have achieved not only for ourselves
but for the future of our profession. STAY STRONG!!!
From John Stevenson
Webmanager & Branch Sec UNISON Edinburgh
Despite what the press
may say, Edinburgh is not entering local talks for a local settlement. Edinburgh
nursery nurses have been solid throughout in support of a national deal and are
lobbying the Parliament day in day out. They have been magnificent on pickets,
in rallies, stunts and lobbying politicians and will continue to be so. Best wishes
to everyone for a speedy national settlement.
UNISON Somerset County
Hi..your action is inspirational
and a credit to the best traditions of trade unionism.Keep going.Solidarity works!!
Hi there! Just an email to respond to
Amanda Gracie's email giving support. Its nice to know that teachers understand
our role, and how vital it is in the care and education of young children. This
is what we need to make sure we are doing: letting the public know what we do
in our job, and the importance our job has on young children and their families,
come on cosla! Surely you can see that we deserve better pay for the great job
that we do! Would you take our wages? Keep up the positive, high spirits. I know
we are into our sixth week of action, but hopefully we are need the end, and will
get the pay and conditions that we deserve soon!!
UNISON York City
I fully support your action for fair
pay. Nursery nurses across the UK get a rough deal and a good settlement in Scotland
would raise the bar for all. You're showing the power we all have when we stand
together and refuse to be divided. I've sent in donations collected at our branch
AGM last week and I'll ask for a formal contribution from branch funds at our
next meeting. Stick at it!
I am a striking nursery nurse have no
money but I am very proud of myself and my colleagues for coming this far and
keeping strong.We had a good night on Sat.at Pollok and this helped to boost our
spirits.Keep strong we have done the hardest part now am sure and victory will
be ours SOON.
From Amanda Gracie
My mum is a Nursery Nurse (North Ayrshire) and I
am fully behind her in her fight for a fair wage. She works extremely hard, like
many of you, above and beyond her hours to give each of her children the best
start possible. Being a secondary teacher I know how important the job you do
is. If children are not given the proper formative education then the rest of
it is almost useless. I teach Drama and the importance of what you do for my subject
with imaginative play is beyond description. Keep fighting till you get what you
deserve. I shall be supporting my mum and you all till the bitter end. >>
next EIS message
From Agnes Petkevicius
great to see so many messages of support we need to stay strong and stay united
we have stayed quiet for too long but now that we have found our voices lets use
them to our advantage.
From Gillian Wade
UNISON SOUTH AYRSHIRE
Thankyou all so much for your encouraging support and also for the donations
to our stike fund . It,s been a very hard decision for me to put the children
,parents and my on child through this but after 30 years of poor wages i had no
option.Parents,please start joining us on our marches as we need to show our employees
how much you still support us .Vocalize strongly that your children are loosing
vital time at NURSERY at a very important stage.Fair pay and conditions is all
I would like for my hard work,dedication,constent updating my childcare /nursery
qualifications and excellant care I have tried very hard to provide as a Nursery
Nurse in the pre-5 service. THANKYOU AGAIN TO YOU ALL.
Hi everyone. Just want to say thanks for all the encouraging
messages. Thursday was a great striking day for Angus Nursery Nurses. Dundee NN's
were brilliant taking us under there wing and keeping our spirits up. The suffregets
and there songs were great. Thanks to Fife NN's etc too (really enjoyed your songs)
especially Diane's very loud singing... Ha Ha... Ps lots of people keep informing
me that Angus NN's have settled and gone back to work, NO NO NO WAY We're with
the rest of you very valuable Nursery Nurses. Come on COSLA get a move on!! Thanks
From Nancy, Lorna and Catherine
we said NO. stick with us girls, this is going national.
I am a striking
nursery nurse from Angus. I'd just like to thank all our colleagues for the brillant
support received especially girls from Dundee who have help us here in Angus stay
strong. We have to stick together, its just about over, we are going to win this
fair pay claim girls!!!
2 April 04
Stay strong girls, we can do this!! We`re hopefully nearly
From Barbara Fearnside
I am in full support of the Nursery Action and am now considering as a parent
suing GCC for their lack of eagerness to settle.
>> Next Parent's Message
unison west lothian
You are not alone other members
are thinking of you. Dont give up till you get what you think is fare.I support
the Nursery Nurses stay united and good luck to you all
I am a Registered Staff Nurse and a Mother who uses
the Nursery and my message is keep fighting and be strong as you have massive
support from all sectors and from all other women whose pay is abused.Many hospital
Nurses support your cause!!!!!! DON'T GIVE IN NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE CRUMBLING UNDER
THE PRESSURE AND MASSIVE SUPPORT OF THE PARENTS!!!!!
unison wakefield & pontefract hospitals
AGM last night we agreed to donate £1000 to your strike fund and more later if
the strike continues.good luck you WILL win.
I work with the major Australian
union representing pre-school educators. I have watched with fascination the heroic
struggle you have put up. A win in Perth, Scotland, will help those in Perth,Australia,
to win better pay and conditions as child care workers. Keep up the struggle sisters.
>>next LMHU message
I will be in Crail next week and I would
like to get in touch with FIFE nursery nurses.
1 April 04
Greetings to fellow strikers,
keep going, keep supporting each other, msp's have certainly got the message that
we are not going to go away, let's continue being a thorn in Watters & co's side
till they get the message too!During the school break let's make our presence
felt wherever msp's & councillors are. Picket their offices, official residences,
surgeries,gatecrash council meetings,etc. put your local councillor on the spot,
many of them,judging by their reply's to e-mails, letters,etc haven't got the
first idea of what the dispute is even about & that's inexcusable.Also for those
who haven't already got involved,get into the parliament's nursery nurse forum
& argue our case! Best Wishes.
Hi there! That us into our fifth week of strike action, and were
told today that we are out for at least another two. It is understandable how
morale could get low. But come, through our determination, support, and by staying
united, we can and will get this pay claim which is acceptable!! Thanks also to
the parents in renfrewshire for their continued support. We really appreciate