By Vicki Morris
The Scottish parliament on Wednesday 24 September was due to debate the nursery nurses' dispute, with Scottish Socialist Party MSP Carolyn Leckie moving support.
Five thousand nursery nurses, members of Unison, who work in Scottish local authority nurseries are pursuing a pay claim for £18,500. Their average pay currently is £13,000. They also demand a 35-hour week, full pension rights and a clear career structure.
Their programme of strike action began on 21 May. They held a week's strike from 8-12 September, and have now embarked on a programme of two-day selective strikes. They held well-attended marches and rallies in Glasgow on 13 September and Edinburgh on 17 September.
So far, they have had strong support from the parents of the children they look after.
- More information at: www.unison-scotland.org.uk/localgovt/nurserynurses/
- Donations (cheques payable to "Unison nursery nurses campaign") to: Unison nursery nurses campaign, c/o Joe Di Paola, Douglas House, 60 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3UQ.