NSSN Conference July 5: “Fight Together for a Pay Rise!”

April 16, 2014 in Bulletins

Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise and correctly health unions have attacked ‘divide and rule’ tactics. But the best way to avoid this is to seriously prepare for co-ordinated strike action across the public sector. Unison health conference yesterday passed an emergency motion mandating the union to ballot its members in the NHS for […]

VIDEO: The War of the Ports

April 10, 2014 in International, Protest, Strikes, Video

“The War of Ports” is the result of a set of European dockworkers testimonials about the solidarity international movement with the port of Lisbon. Taken from the Estivadores Solidariedade YouTube channel.

Ex-Visteon/Ford workers march for pensions justice

April 2, 2014 in News

Former employees of Visteon/Ford marched today from Unite HQ in Holborn to Parliament to demand pensions justice. The workers were robbed of their pensions when Visteon went bust in 2009. Since then the Visteon Pensions Justice Action Group have campaigned tirelessly for the parent company, Ford, to live up to it’s obligations to the workers. The march was a success with hundreds gathering from former plants in Swansea, Belfast, Enfield and Basildon. The rally outside Unite HQ was chaired by ex Swansea convener and NSSN chair Rob Williams as well as Belfast convener John McGuire, Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly member […]

In Pictures: NAPO/Justice Alliance march

April 2, 2014 in News

The probation officers union NAPO and the Justice Alliance held a joint march on April 1st from Parliament to the Ministry of Justice. NAPO members were in the second day of strike action against the privatisation of 70% of the probation service. The Justice Alliance action by solicitors and other legal professionals was in response to cuts in legal aid. The protest coincided with Justice Minister Chris Grayling’s birthday. With good humour that only underlined the seriousness of their respective campaigns the protest sang happy birthday to Minister Grayling who’s birthday present is ‘No more justice for the many, only […]

NSSN 187: Sparks Strike Back: The fight for PAYE begins!

April 8, 2014 in Bulletins

Unrest Wednesday is in Full Swing – 37 Agency Electricians walked off a job at AWE Aldermaston today (April 2) over the new self-employed legislation. It is a Shepherds Engineering Services job. They are demanding to be taken on the cards direct by Shepherds. Shepherds have agreed to a meeting to discuss the possibility. A Unite Construction officer is meeting the workers and Shepherds first thing tomorrow morning. There was also reported unrest on many other sites across the UK as payroll companies finally get to informing workers of how they are to be paid from Monday onwards. Being told […]

VIDEO: NUT strike London march & rally

March 31, 2014 in Strikes, Video

Reposted from Real News You Tube channel.

NSSN 186 – Probation workers action can defeat privatisation

March 31, 2014 in Bulletins

By Chas Berry, Kent Branch NAPO Chair (personal capacity) As probation workers in NAPO prepare for a second national strike against privatisation from 31st March to 1st April, pressure is piling up on Secretary of State Chris Grayling from across the justice sector. On 1st April, lawyers in the Justice Alliance will take protest action and join us in rallies across the country as part of their campaign against Legal Aid cuts. At the same time prison officers in the POA, already at boiling point over staff cuts and pension changes, have been urged to support us and prepare for […]

NSSN 185: Defend education – Solidarity with teachers’ strike

March 25, 2014 in Bulletins

The strike of National Union of Teachers (NUT) members on 26 March is most definitely on! Now every NUT Association and every school rep must go all out to get the biggest possible turnout for the national strike. We must reverse the damage that has been done to teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions. In doing so, we will be defending education too. Even official DfE figures have confirmed that teachers are typically working 60 hours a week. In April, yet more will be taken from our salaries to pay for a pension that many won’t be able to claim […]

SOAS cleaners strike again!

March 21, 2014 in News, Strikes, Uncategorized

Unison members working for outsourced cleaning company ISS at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have again been on strike today. The strikers, many of them migrant workers are demanding the same terms and conditions such as sick pay and other benefits enjoyed by in-house workers. They and their supporters are also calling for them to be brought in-house and work for SOAS directly.  This is the 3rd day of strike action after a two day strike two weeks ago. The workers received tremendous support from college workers, students and other trade unionists who attended the picket line […]

Silent vigil for Kevin Campbell: Another construction fatality

March 20, 2014 in News

Kevin Campbell, 46 from Poplar, in east London was killed on 2nd March on a Docklands Light Railway project in Stratford. Kevin was struck by a piece of machinery that was attached to an excavator. The fatality came in the same month as a worker was killed on the £15bn Cross rail project, also a worker on Balfour Beatty’s Providence tower site in London’s docklands was seriously injured after a crane collapsed. The vigil was called by the Construction Safety Campaign (CSC) and supported by the NSSN. Tony O’Brien, from the CSC committee made a short speech before laying flowers […]