NSSN 223: Season’s greetings – the year that was 2014

December 17, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s time to say goodbye to 2014. It was the year the trade union movement had to tragically say farewell to a genuine giant, Bob Crow. The NSSN salutes his memory and those of many other fallen comrades who have left us this year. The year started with Bob’s union, the RMT standing up to the Tory bully Boris Johnson by stopping London in defence of Tube ticket offices. How apt that 2015 could start with thousands of London busworkers striking for one rate of pay across the different bus operators. We’ve seen many disputes from the heroic marathon struggle […]

VIDEO: NSSN message to the TUC general council

December 12, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes, Video

222: “Its time to resist Osborne’s escalation of the cuts!”

December 11, 2014 in Bulletins

In last week’s NSSN e-bulletin, we exposed the step change in the ConDems’ austerity offensive, announced in Osborne’s Autumn Statement. It seems our figure of £35-50billion underestimated the scale of this attack! By last weekend, it was estimated by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that 60% of the cuts are still to be made, with £55billion to come on top of the £45billion that have already been carried out. This represents a catastrophe for working-class people and the vast majority in society. The NSSN calls on the trade union leaders, when they […]

VIDEO: FBU Aylesbury demo: Reinstate Ricky Matthews

December 10, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes, Video

Over 1,000 fire-fighters from across the UK gathered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for a national demonstration on 9 December, their latest day of strike action over pensions. FBU national executive rep Ricky Matthews was employed by Buckinghamshire Fire Authority. He was sacked for taking part in the last round of strikes. The demonstration was a massive show of support for Ricky Matthews and Bucks FBU members.

Fire fighters march to demand reinstatement of Ricky Matthews

December 9, 2014 in News, Strikes

Over 1,000 fire-fighters from across the UK gathered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for a national demonstration on 9 December, their latest day of strike action over pensions. Banners could be seen from Northern Ireland, Devon, Hull and London, among many others. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national executive rep Ricky Matthews was employed by Buckinghamshire Fire Authority. He was sacked for taking part in the last round of strikes. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “We are here because we are not giving up on the pensions strike. We are sending a very clear message that this union doesn’t allow people to be […]

NSSN 221: Fight Osborne’s never-ending austerity!

December 3, 2014 in Bulletins

You couldn’t make it up…Osborne reveals a budget that means another £35-50billion worth of cuts to be unloaded on public sector workers and working-class communities just as Starbucks admit that it will be another 3 years until they pay ‘normal’ levels of tax! The ConDem’s Autumn Statement confirms that if he gets his way, the catastrophe we’ve faced over the last four years is the new normal. Some government departments will have had their budgets cut by 80% since the Coalition sneaked into power. In real terms, this means continuing vicious cuts to jobs, living standards and services. But as […]

NSSN 220: NHS workers strike for “our share!”

November 26, 2014 in Bulletins

Nurses, cleaners, porters, midwives, occupational therapists, paramedics, scientists, radiographers, admin, catering, security staff and other NHS staff in England took a second four hours of strike action on Monday 24 November, from 7am until 11am. This has been followed by six days of ‘work to rule’. Altogether, 11 health service trade unions took part in the action – united against the government’s attack on pay, which means that a majority of staff won’t even receive a miniscule 1% pay rise. See the following union members: Unison    Unite   GMB     Royal College of Midwives    Society of Radiographers   POA For twitter photos of the strike, follow #NHSPay  […]

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 […]