Meeting 25 July 2011

Being held Monday 25th July 2011 from 4pm to 6:30pm in Walthamstow Town Hall Committee Room 3

At our last meeting on 16th June 2011 we agreed that we would hold a meeting about nursery nurses in Waltham Forest and that we would consider taking strike action.

Nursery Nurses have been frustrated in achieving Equal Pay by the long delay in the implementation of Single Status. The delay, according to management, is due to the inability of the Council to get information from school payrolls regarding the amount that schools support staff earn and how much tax they pay. We have been waiting for 8 months now and the wait is still not over.

On top of this the Council are threatening our pay, terms and conditions. If they succeed then the Council will be opting out of the National Agreement, which will inevitably lead to the loss of the national terms applied to nursery nurses working in educational establishments. This would mean the end of the 52 week term time working contract and the 32.5 hours working week.

As if that weren’t enough there are also proposals, currently out for consultation that the children’s centres be reorganised on a “Hub and Spoke” model. This will mean centres being “grouped” together to save money through cutting management costs and admin. It will also mean that staff will be expected to work across all the centres in their grouping.

So, we have decided to hold a meeting to discuss the motion below:

“UNISON members working in Waltham Forest call upon the Waltham Forest Branch of UNISON to arrange an industrial action ballot for strike action.

This action would aim to:

  1. Ensure that the Council meet their Equal Pay obligations towards nursery workers who have been victims of unequal pay for many years.
  2. Prevent the Council opting out of the National Agreements that apply to nursery nurses, and
  3. Prevent there being any job losses or pay cuts in the Children’s Centre Reorganisation.

Dave Knight, Branch Secretary

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