Date: 31 Mar 2006
Scottish Nursery Nurses underpaid for highly professional and
A research report published today (Friday) questions the salaries
paid to Scotland's Nursery Nurses in light of the changing nature
of their roles and responsibilities. The report also finds there
is no obvious rationale for paying nursery nurses at different levels
in different authorities.
A basic grade Nursery Nurse's pay can vary by almost £3,000 per
year, despite most of the job being defined by national standards,
with associated inspection and regulation requirements.
UNISON, the union for nursery nurses, launched the report it commissioned
at a meeting of nursery nurses in Glasgow today (Friday). The report
comes before the announcement of the outcome of the Executive's
National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce.
The National Review was set up after the year-long nursery nurse
dispute which resulted in pay and grading increases in every council,
but with no Scotland- wide scale. Carol Ball, Chair of UNISON's
Scottish Nursery Nurse Working party, said "This report significantly
quantifies the arguments that UNISON has been advocating for some
time. Nursery Nurses deliver a professional educational service
to their children, but are paid less well than other comparable
groups in local authorities. We are now looking forward to the report
of the Review body where we have been giving evidence that is now
backed up by this research."
Dr Patricia Findlay, one of the authors of the research, said "For
the first time we now have evidence of what Scottish nursery nurses
actually do. There is convincing evidence that most nursery nurses
are actually carrying out the roles and responsibilities envisioned
in the Early Years Review Roles and Responsibilities Framework.
They undertake a highly responsible, important and challenging job,
which requires high level skills and capabilities, in a committed
and professional manner. Yet much of their work is under-recognised
The Research is being launched by one of the report's authors,
Dr Findlay, at a delegate meeting of Nursery Nurses from across
Scotland in Glasgow on Friday. If you wish to attend please notify
Chris Bartter details below. Note to Editors:
* The Nursery Nurse dispute with a range of all-out and one day
strikes, took place from May 2003 - June 2004. It finished with
Scotland's Councils offering significant upgradings to nursery nurses,
although different councils offered different rates. The Scottish
Executive set up a National Review of the Early Years and Childcare
Workforce.. UNISON had a place on that review body which looked
at all the early years and childcare workforce. It is due to report
in the near future.
* The Report's Executive Summary has been published on the UNISONScotland
For Further Information Please Contact: Carol Ball (Scottish Chair
NNWP) - 07803 952 263(m) Patricia Findlay - Report author - 07050
172 809 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w)
0771 558 3729(m)