Strikers agree to local talks

23rd April 2004 at 01:00
Unison's strike campaign to force local authorities into national bargaining over nursery nurses' pay all but ended this week.

The union, under pressure from a string of settlements between its local branches and individual councils, announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to enter local negotiations with the authorities that have yet to settle.

But the strike will continue until there is a satisfactory outcome.

Angela Lynes, who chaired Unison's negotiators, said: "It is not easy to move to local negotiations but we can no longer ask nursery nurses to continue to suffer in the face of employers' intransigence."

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