Unison rejects city offer to nursery nurses

5th December 2003 at 00:00
In a dramatic bid to break support for the Unison nursery nurse dispute, Glasgow has written to its 1,200 nursery nurses with a pay and grading offer.

The union is sticking to its policy of only negotiating a settlement nationally, while the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities says there must be room for flexible local deals based on a national "framework".

In his letter to the nursery staff, Ronnie O'Connor, Glasgow's director of education, said the council's proposals are an improvement on the framework produced by Cosla, and would represent rises of between 3.1 per cent and 14.8 per cent for different categories of staff working a 35-hour week, not the 37-hour week proposed by Cosla - in addition to the 4 per cent increase for Glasgow's local government staff paid in April. This would take salaries for Glasgow nursery nurses on the bottom of the scale from pound;11,960 to pound;12,458 and from pound;17,714-pound;18,674 for those at the top to pound;19,046. Those working extended hours would be paid from pound;14,535 to pound;21,732.

Steven Purcell, Glasgow's education convener, said the offer was "a reasonable starting point for talks". Unison is urging members to reject the offer.

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