NSSN 253: Lobby TUC Congress Sept 13, fight Tory anti-union laws

July 29, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 253: Mark Serwotka PCS & Mick Cash RMT to speak at NSSN lobby of TUC Congress Sept 13 – fight Tory anti-union laws The NSSN are pleased to announce that General Secretaries Mark Serwotka PCS and Mick Cash RMT will be speaking at our #KillTheBill rally at this year’s TUC Congress in Brighton. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and its affiliated trade unions to organise a demonstration when the Tories debate their trade union bill in Parliament. The lobby will also push for preparations to […]

Picketing reinstates sacked construction rep

July 27, 2015 in News, Protest

Ranks and file construction workers from the Blacklist Support Group and their supporters descended on the Canary Wharf HQ of Morgan Stanley this morning to protest the sacking of Unite rep Graham Boxall. The building is undergoing work by the electrical contractor Phoenix, a signatory to bargaining body the Joint Industry Board (JIB). However Phoenix are breaking national collective agreements. The firm had employed electricians through sub-contractor D&D, but JIB rules state that workers seeking to move onto direct employment and pay as you earn taxation have a right to do so. When Graham asked to be directly employed he […]

Defending health & safety: ‘We are in the fight of our lives!’

July 27, 2015 in News

In December 2012 16 year old Cameron Minshull of Bury, Greater Manchester, started work at Huntley Mount Engineering .  He was over the moon and his mum was so pleased she drove him to work every day.  Five weeks later he was dead, killed by the lathe he worked on. Cameron was untrained and unsupervised, over-dressed against the January cold in a freezing factory .  All the lathes had had their guards disabled, and Cameron’s sleeve had caught in the machinery, drawing him in and causing fatal head injuries. It’s rare for bosses to be sent to prison for health […]

Mick Cash joins NSSN rally line up at TUC Conference

July 24, 2015 in News

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will be joining the top table line up at our rally at this year’s TUC conference in Brighton. Mick will be joining fellow General Secretary Mark Serwotka of the PCS as one of the keynote speakers, a great boost for the aims of the rally and lobby. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and it’s affiliated trade unions to organise a demonstration when the Tories debate their trade union bill in Parliament. The lobby will also push for preparations to begin for mass […]

Mark Serwotka to speak at NSSN lobby of TUC Conference

July 23, 2015 in News

The NSSN are pleased to announce that PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will be speaking at our rally at this year’s TUC conference in Brighton. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and it’s affiliated trade unions to organise a demonstration when the Tories debate their trade union bill in Parliament. The lobby will also push for preparations to begin for mass co-ordinated strike action if the laws are passed. The rally will begin at 1PM on Sunday 13 September in the Charlotte Room of the Grand Hotel, […]

NSSN 252: Victory for Glasgow Homeless Case workers!  

July 23, 2015 in Bulletins

After a gruelling 17 week all-out strike Glasgow Homelessness Caseworkers have voted to return to work having secured the key demands of the strike. We have published part of the statement from the Glasgow City Unison branch below. The NSSN has supported the striking workers from the beginning of the dispute. We were very pleased to have two of the stewards speak to out conference at the start of the month. We send our heartiest congratulations to the strikers and the Glasgow City Unison branch. This tremendous victory, in the teeth of an intransigent employer, is an example of what […]

NSSN 251: Strike Together against Tory anti-union laws

July 15, 2015 in Bulletins

If anyone had any doubts about the power of the organised working-class, the incredible strikes on London Underground and First Great Western by tube and railworkers’ unions last week were a tremendous demonstration of what the unions can do if they take determined action. The NSSN salutes the strikes as well as the co-ordinated Budget Day strikes by workers in the National Gallery, Barnet, Bromley, the protests against victimisation at Sotheby’s and the Youth Against Austerity mobilisations by Youth Fight for Jobs. But it also wasn’t lost on the Tories. They have now outlined their vicious anti-union laws in the […]

Car of Barnet Unison activist vandalised in anti-union attack

July 10, 2015 in News, Press Releases

We publish below a statement from Barnet Unison regarding the attack on John Burgess’s car. A hateful message was also attached. The NSSN gave its full support to the Barnet strike at our recent conference. A collection was taken at the conference with the money being split between Barnet Unison and a number of other ongoing strikes. We were pleased to have one of our supporters present this donation at the picket line on the 8th July and deliver a short message of support. We can report that the response of the public to the picket line from passers-by and motorists […]

Defend our unions in Coventry City Council

July 10, 2015 in News, Press Releases, Protest

Coventry City Council UNITE UNISON NUT NASUWT ATL Defend Our Unions   Our right to Trade Union support is being threatened! Proposals have been submitted on behalf of Labour controlled Coventry City Council that would significantly cut the amount of time that local union officers have to act on their members’ behalf, with many unions facing a greater than 50% reduction. This is an attack on the trade union movement locally and an attempt by the City Council to make it more difficult for the trade unions to defend their members and the public services in the City. These cuts […]

NSSN Conference: No to austerity & anti-union laws

July 7, 2015 in Bulletins

As the standing ovation for sacked Greek Vodafone worker, Harris Sedaris, died away, the audience at the ninth annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference broke into an impromptu rendition of traditional socialist song ‘the International’. It was a fitting end to a day full of hope and confidence – one that laid the foundations for the next few months of crucial struggle. This was the first NSSN conference since the Tories’ shock election victory and no delegate was in any doubt as to the challenges we face. But they also recognised there is no time for mourning. Activists spoke […]