NSSN 270: Support the Junior Doctors’ strikes!

November 25, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 270: Support the Junior Doctors’ strikes! The BMA Junior Doctors have voted for strike action in an incredible show of strength that is the perfect answer to the Tories’ (anti) Trade Union Bill. Following a ballot of more than 37,000 junior doctors in England, 98% voted for strikes and 99% for action short of strike action on a 76.2% turnout. The strikes will go ahead on December 1, 8 and 16. The NSSN sends solidarity to the Junior Doctors who are fighting the Tories’ imposition of a new contract. We appeal to all our supporters to support their strikes, […]

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday

November 18, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday – ‘After Corbyn’s Victory, build the fight against austerity!’   A week after the Tories’ (anti) Trade Union Bill had its 3rd and final House of Commons reading, an important event has been organised this Saturday.   The Trade Union Coordinating Group which represents 8 national trade unions (BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, URTU) have announced a major rally in the week preceding the Autumn Economic Statement. The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Finance Minister of the Syriza Government in Greece, will be participating in a […]

NSSN 268: Reinstate #CWU2 Clive Walder & John Vasey!

November 11, 2015 in Bulletins

Clive Walder, a long-standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union. Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave […]

Video: #KillTheBill John McDonnell, John McInally, Rob Williams

November 11, 2015 in Protest, Uncategorized, Video

As expected, the Tory Trade Union Bill passed its 3rd reading last night November 10th. It now goes to the Lords. But we must keep up the pressure and prepare for resisting it of it becomes law. A rally organised by the Trade Union Coordinating Group (TUCG) made it clear this attack on trade union rights would not pass without resistance. The rally was addressed by John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer who warned the Bill was “an existential threat to the trade union movement”   Pledging further resistence even if the Bill becomes law, John McInally, Vice President of […]

NSSN 267: Protest the 3rd reading of the Trade Union Bill Nov 10

November 3, 2015 in Bulletins

Thousands of trade unionists came to London yesterday to lobby their MPs as part of the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill. Many couldn’t get into the event at Westminster Central Hall but the FBU saved the day by bringing their fire engine round to the front of the venue for the rally speakers to address the crowd. NSSN national chair Rob Williams also spoke from the FBU platform, calling on everyone to come back to London on November 10th when the Bill gets its 3rd and final House of Commons reading before it goes to the Lords. Rob […]

NSSN 266: TUC #KillTheBill lobby of Parliament Nov 2

October 28, 2015 in Bulletins

The TUC lobby of Parliament on November 2nd has to mark a major step change in the fight against the Tory (anti) Trade Union Bill. It seems that its 3rd reading could be as quick as November 1oth. That date must be in the diary of every trade union member for a mass demonstration in London. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has been to the forefront of the ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign. We brought hundreds of union activists and reps to lobby TUC Congress in Brighton in September. That conference passed resolutions calling for a mass campaign against the Bill […]

NSSN 265: Nationalise to stop the jobs slaughter!

October 21, 2015 in Bulletins

The last week has seen a devastating series of closures and large-scale redundancies particularly in the steel industry from SSI, Tata and Caparo but also Crown Packaging in Wales while JCB workers are bracing themselves for an announcement on job losses. The NSSN calls on the unions involved to bring together shop stewards in all the affected companies to discuss a national strategy of action including industrial action, occupations alongside the demand of nationalising to stop the jobs slaughter. As workers ask what can be done, a JCB worker has sent us this article that calls for these vital industrial […]

NSSN 264: Support the Junior Doctors protests this Saturday!

October 14, 2015 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends solidarity to the Junior Doctors who are fighting the Tories’ imposition of a new contract. We appeal to all our supporters to support their demonstrations and protests, including this Saturday October 17th in London and Nottingham. For latest news and protests  follow #JuniorContract and #NotFairNotSafe on twitter. Latest updates on BMA website here Oct 17 – London 2pm Parliament Oct 17 – Belfast 2pm City Hall Oct 17 – Nottingham   2pm Old Market Square Oct 24 – Newcastle 1pm Oct 28 – Leeds 7pm City Centre Nov 18 – Dundee 4pm City Square Aaron Borbora, deputy chair […]

Day-Mer statement on Ankara bombing

October 13, 2015 in Appeals

The NSSN took part in the demonstration on Sunday in London against Saturday’s bombing and also a press conference in TUC Congress House yesterday in solidarity with a 2-day general strike in Turkey. Below is a press release from Day-Mer  (Kurdish and Turkish Community Centre) www.daymer.org    The growing call for peace cannot be silenced We stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey calling for peace and condemn the current government of Turkey for its role in these deadly attacks.   A peace and democracy rally in Ankara, Turkey was targeted on the morning of Saturday 10 October 2015, […]

NSSN 263: National Gallery victory, Kill The Bill action Oct 13

October 7, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 263: PCS National Gallery victory, Tory Party demo & TUCG #KillTheBill protest Oct 13 The NSSN salutes the workers at the National Gallery and their union PCS as they return to work after over 100 days of strike action. The agreement includes the reinstatement of PCS rep Candy Udwin. This is a fantastic victory that can inspire all workers as we face more Tory cuts and their Trade Union Bill. We have given full support to the strike, including having Candy address our annual conference in July, where a financial collection was taken. From PCS website: Agreement reached to […]