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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 April 2004
Support Scotland's Nursery Nurses
The nursery nurses' strike in Scotland is still holding firm. Over 4,000
nursery nurses are now in their sixth week of strike action.
Last week, the local authority employers CoSLA were forced to hold their
first meeting to consider their response to the longest running all-out action
by a group of workers in Scotland since the 1984-1985 miners' strike.
CoSLA refused to accept the principle of a national agreement and urged
councils to offer local deals in the 20 councils still in dispute with the
Nursery nurses have overwhelmingly rejected local deals in favour of a
Scotland-wide agreement that would give them the same pay and conditions,
regardless of which council they work for.
There are signs, however, that some Scottish UNISON officials are seeking to
accept local deals as the only way to resolve the dispute. This must be
Nursery nurses in Dundee and in other areas marked the anniversary of the
suffragette movement last week by protesting dressed in the uniforms of the
suffragettes from 90 years ago.
Using slogans such as "Deeds not words" and "Women still
fighting low pay 90 years on," they campaigned at the Scottish parliament.
In some areas local demonstrations are being planned to coincide with the
PCS strike on 14 April.
Nursery nurses urgently need your backing - send messages of support and
donations to: Carol Ball c/o UNISON,14 West Campbell Street. Glasgow G2 6RX.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 10 April 2004:
Fight The Low Pay Scandal
Fighting Back Against Low Pay And Government Attacks
NUT conference: Time For A Change
Left Candidate Defeats Blairite For Presidency
War and occupation
Military Families Speak Out Against Bush's War And Lies
Iraq: Coalition Plans In Chaos
Rwanda's Killing Fields: A Legacy Of Imperialism
Sri Lanka: Election To End Crisis Ends In New Crisis
Socialist Party campaigns
Immigration: Fact And Fiction
Support Scotland's Nursery Nurses
The Socialist 10 April 2004 |
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