UNISON has a large number of members working within Brighton & Hove City Council’s nurseries. This service is provided by highly qualified staff whose dedication and commitment to the children they care for is second to none. We understand that the outcome of the recent consultation to cut wages by up to £8,000 in some cases, as well as the introduction of longer shifts for staff who themselves have young children, is expected within the next two weeks. These staff are predominantly female, part time workers who have understandably serious concerns for the outcome, both for themselves and for the service they provide across the city.
Sue Beatty, Branch Secretary of UNISON Brighton & Hove said: “ We hope that the council will take on board the many concerns expressed by both our members who work in this service and by UNISON representatives, when publishing the outcome of the consultation. However, we feel it is likely that the council will want to forge ahead with the cuts and if that is the case, we will be consulting with our members regarding future action. OFSTED have rated these services as “outstanding” and whilst we understand the council wants to see the services going into the future as services of quality, this is not the way to go about it and as always this branch of UNISON will fight to ensure our members’ livelihood and working conditions. We call upon council officers and elected members to seriously reconsider these proposals”