Fire-fighters block Minister from attending station opening

November 25, 2014 in News, Protest

Over 200 fire-fighters and supporters blockaded the entrance to West Norwood fire-station this afternoon to prevent the entry of Fire Service Minister Penny Mordaunt. The protest was organised by the fire-fighters union the FBU to greet Mordaunt for the opening of the new station at West Norwood. The union wanted to highlight the hypocrisy of the Coalition in attempting to set up a feel good publicity stunt of a minster opening a new fire-station while closing 10 fire-stations in London. Despite a heavy police presence the Minister’s car was unable to enter the station as it pulled up to the […]

800 walk out at Jacobs biscuit factory in Liverpool

November 24, 2014 in News, Strikes

Around 800 GMB members at Jacobs biscuits in Liverpool took strike action on Sunday over bullying by management at the plant. Betty who is the GMB branch secretary said ‘Over the past two years there has been no meaningful negotiations over changes to work practices and that consultation meetings are no more than management telling the unions what is going to happen.’ The mood of the pickets was buoyant and they received great support from passing motorists honking on horns. Another worker on picket line said ‘Workers here have always been willing to discuss changes and there have been many […]

Trelleborg workers show management whose boss

November 24, 2014 in News

With the workers at the Beaumont Ley’s Trelleborg factory having just undertaken a two-day strike, it appears that their management are determined to ignore their very reasonable demands for fair pay. Mark Potter, the local Unite the Union rep based at the factory finds it strange that the management refuse to make their workers a reasonable offer, especially given that Trelleborg’s “operating profits for 2013 broke all their own record’s, with 2014 looking like it will be very similar.” Such bullying from their management is however only fuelling the workers “resolve to stick together”. As Mark explained: “we had members […]

NSSN 219: Nov 24 NHS strike & Zero-hour lobby of Parliament

November 19, 2014 in Bulletins

NHS strikes November 24th – Eleven trade unions representing NHS workers including nurses, midwives, cleaners, pharmacists, scientists, porters, secretaries, paramedics, occupational therapists, radiographers, dieticians, healthcare assistants, kitchen and maintenance staff will stage a four-hour stoppage in the morning on Monday 24 November 2014. There will also be action short of strike around this date. See the following websites: Unison   Unite    GMB      Royal College of Midwives  Society of Radiographers        UCATT     British Association of Occupational Therapists     British Dietetic Association      Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association The POA and MiP are also on strike From GMB website: Nov 20th Parliament Vigil for NHS – […]

NSSN 218: Defend PCS: Stop HMRC anti-union plot

November 13, 2014 in Bulletins

Senior HMRC officials hatch anti-union plot (Statement from PCS website) The most senior civil servants in HM Revenue and Customs have hatched a “deeply disturbing” politicised plot to destabilise our union, it has been revealed. A leaked memo, written for HMRC’s executive committee, outlines a plan to “marginalise” us because of our continuing opposition to cuts and closures. Our general secretary Mark Serwotka has written to HMRC chief executive Lin Homer to say we believe it signals a “major and damaging change in industrial relations” and to call on her to publicly disown it… continued here Letter from Mark Serwotka […]

Crane drivers tell HTC “It’s time to pay up!”

November 7, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes

Hundreds of crane drivers from the UCATT construction union picketed building sites in London and around the country this morning in a dispute over pay with HTC Plant Limited. Workers had voted 94% in favour of strike action and 94.6% in favour of industrial action short of strike action. The turnout was in excess of 80%. There was a mass picket outside the Nova Square site in Victoria which saw concrete drivers refusing to cross picket lines. Drivers are furious that after years of pay freezes and even wage cuts, they have only been offered 3% when the all the […]

NSSN 217: St Mungo’s victory/Defend Ricky Matthews

November 5, 2014 in Bulletins

STOP PRESS!! St Mungos Broadway – Strike Off! Following a day locked in talks at ACAS, the Unite SMB reps and Regional Officer, Nicky consider that they have received an offer from SMB management which is reasonable enough to be put to the membership. On this basis, the strike has been called off. – See more here from Unite LE1111 website (see more under Unite below in Union News) Follow @SMBUnite and @UniteHousing and #SMBstrike on twitter for latest info plus Unite LE1111 website http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/ Also follow NSSN twitter @NSSN_AntiCuts for photos of today’s victory rally   The decision of […]

NSSN 216: FBU escalate pension strikes

October 29, 2014 in Bulletins

Firefighters in the FBU union are due to strike for four days over pension cuts. The strike marks a big escalation in the dispute, as up until now the walkouts – since September 2013 – have lasted between two and 24 hours. This is from Salford FBU rep Paul Davies. “We’re very, very angry and disappointed about the way negotiations have gone. Not on the FBU’s part – it’s done a really good job at putting the case across and explaining why we need a revised offer. It’s the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Nothing’s changed from the […]

FBU strike solidarity & financial appeal

October 29, 2014 in Appeals

Stop the government attacks on firefighters FBU appeal for solidarity   Dear sisters and brothers,   Members of the Fire Brigades Union are requesting your solidarity as our pensions campaign takes a new turn. The FBU Executive Council has called a four-day strike in England starting on Friday 31 October at 18:00 and continuing until the same time on Tuesday 4 November.   We have been forced to take this step because the government has started the process to lay the regulations for the new firefighters’ pension scheme, to commence in April 2015. You will know from your own battles […]

NSSN 215: TUC Demo video/Support St Mungos strikers

October 22, 2014 in Bulletins

See NSSN video taken on Saturday’s TUC ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ demonstration’  St Mungo’s strike by Unite members Two hundred striking homelessness workers gathered outside St Mungo’s Broadway head office on the first day of a seven day strike. The strike follows imposed changes by a new management team at the charity. Spirits were high and there was a mood of determination as strikers chanted “the workers united will never be defeated”. Earlier that morning workers had staged nineteen workplace pickets. Speaking at the rally Unite convenor Adam Lambert reported that, in last minute talks at ACAS, management had […]