Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/360/5928

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 September 2004

Scottish nursery nurses

How Our Strike Changed Me

THOUSANDS OF nursery nurses in Scotland were recently involved in the biggest and longest indefinite strike for 20 years. The dispute has helped to give confidence to other workers struggling against low pay and job cuts but it also helped change the outlook of many who participated in that struggle.
JILL MCNAUGHTON from Dundee emerged as a leading activist during the nine weeks she and her colleagues were on strike. Jill has since joined the International Socialists, the Scottish section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). This interview with Jill is from the current issue of International Socialist.

"LOOKING BACK to before our dispute started, it is incredible to realise the things that you felt you had no choice but to accept. Like many nursery nurses I was not active in the union and would not have thought of myself as political. Now I am much more confident about standing up for myself and trying to make a difference.

But that is an example of how the experience of the strike changed me and made me stronger. I was thrown into the deep end. Before I knew where I was, I was helping organise picket lines, standing with buckets collecting money in the streets and workplaces and speaking at meetings of hundreds of trade unionists, socialists and supporters at public meetings up and down the country.

If you'd asked me if I'd ever have been speaking on a platform with people like George Galloway I'd have laughed. The strike changed me forever.

There were a number of members of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Committee for a Workers International in Dundee who were very active in giving us support and help when it was most needed.

I would speak to CWI members regularly during the dispute for help and support and encouraged other nursery nurses to do the same. I found them very approachable and they took the time to explain the idea of socialism and how it related to our strike for decent pay and recognition for the job that we do.

Previously I had thought of socialists as being a bit mad, fighting for a cause they had no chance of winning. But being involved in our fight and hearing how it was linked to a wider struggle for a better society changed my views.

We received welcome support from socialists from different organisations but the CWI members took time to explain the issues, did it in a nice way and weren't too pushy about insisting on joining them.

After the strike finished I attended a number of CWI meetings and discussed the lessons of the strike and socialist ideas and took time to consider before I joined.

I am convinced that it is important to fight for a socialist society that can end, once and for all. the misery of low pay and poverty. And I believe that the CWI have the policies and approach that can help achieve that aim."

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 4 September 2004:

End The Occupation Of Iraq

US Imperialism Further Weakened In Iraq

Mass Protests Greets Bush And Republican Convention

Mark Thatcher And The 'Dogs Of War'


Socialist Party campaigns

Defending the 35-hour week: The Profit System's The Problem, Not The Workers

Stress At Work - The Facts

Picketing Wembley Stadium

Young workers fight to End Low Pay

Low Pay Campaign Taps Into Anger

Scottish nursery nurses: How Our Strike Changed Me

Firefighters' dispute: Employers Climb Down

We Need Your Cash!


International socialist news and analysis

Haiti: A History Of Struggle

Europride

Joe Higgins: Speaking Tour Of Australia

Che Guevara, Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 September 2004   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Nursery:

triangleWomen: fight for equality, fight for socialism

triangleStop Leeds college nursery closures

triangleThem & Us

triangleChildcare plans spell disaster

triangleSave Sheffield Early Years centres

Strike:

triangleWorkers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleStriking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Nurses:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleStrike to save our NHS!

triangleBerlin hospital strike

Scotland:

triangleWhere is Scotland going?

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Is the National Question finished in Scotland & Wales?

Pay:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

Dundee:

triangleScotland: Towards a second indyref?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2