NSSN 249: Sacked Greek Vodafone worker at NSSN Conference

July 1, 2015 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network is delighted to announce that Harris Sideris from Athens is going to speak at NSSN conference. He is one of two workers sacked by Vodafone bosses a few weeks ago and is a member of the trade union committee of the contract workers (at Vodafone) – who are fighting for full union rights. There have been two one-day strikes at Vodafone since the sackings – the second was last week The fact that our conference is a day before the Greek referendum on the EU austerity package will give union and anti-cuts activists the opportunity […]

London Met Unison strike against job cuts

June 25, 2015 in Strikes

Unison members at London Metropolitan University held a day’s strike action today. The strike was called in response to management plans announced in March to slash 165 jobs at the institution. The walkout follows on from a number of days on action short of strike by Unison members. The other union at the University, UCU, is also in dispute with the employers. A rally of striking members was held outside the main campus building on Holloway Road, supported by the local UCU branch as well as Unison members from Islington and Camden Local government as well as a representative from […]

NSSN 248: Massive marches against austerity

June 25, 2015 in Bulletins

The streets of London were full of anti-austerity protestors last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demonstration. Thousands more were on other protests, including the STUC event in Glasgow. What a response to the Tories just 43 days after their election victory was confirmed! The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) believes that this shows the huge potential to defeat the Tories latest £12billion cuts package that Osborne will announce on the July 8th budget and Cameron’s new anti-union laws. As all striking workers will tell you – unions taking action gets huge support. This is because all those facing the effects […]

Come to the 9th annual NSSN conference Saturday July 4

June 11, 2015 in Appeals

STOP THE TORY UNION-BUSTERS! FIGHT TOGETHER AGAINST THE CUTS! Come to the 9th annual NSSN conference Saturday July 4 11am – 4.30pm. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Sq, London, WC1R 4RL. Confirmed speakers include: Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary, Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Peter Pinkney RMT President, Helen Pattison Youth Fight for Jobs, Dave Smith anti-blacklisting campaigner and Isai Priya Tamil Solidarity trade union co-ordinator BREAKING NEWS!! The NSSN is delighted to announce that Harris Sideris from Athens in Greece is going to speak at NSSN conference. He is one of two workers […]

VIDEO: Glasgow Unison rally to defend victimised rep

June 24, 2015 in Protest, Strikes, Video

Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison Branch Secretary, speaking at a rally in Glasgow’s historic George’s Square. The march and rally was called to support the Glasgow Homlessness Caseworkers strike, now into it’s 13 week and Robert O’Donnell. Robert was sacked by the management of the Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) for attempting to organise the union. Please send messages of support to enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

247: March against austerity on Saturday…prepare to strike back!

June 17, 2015 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network is calling on all its supporters and affiliates to attend the People’s Assembly national anti-austerity protest this Saturday June 20th in London. This march needs to be as big as possible to send a clear message to the Tories that there will be mass opposition to their planned new swathe of cuts that Osborne will announce in the July 8th budget. It is no accident that at the same time that austerity is ramped up, this fat cat government is bringing in new anti-union laws. They understand perhaps better than many in the union movement […]

NSSN 246: Support the June 22nd Tata Steel Strike

June 10, 2015 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends solidarity to the unions representing over 17,000 steelworkers who will be taking strike action on June 22 against their employer Tata’s attack on their pensions. This will be the first national steel strike for 35 years. This is a joint statement by Community, Unite, GMB and UCATT:- Steel unions have agreed Monday 22 June as the date for strike action at Tata Steel in their ongoing dispute over pensions. The strike action will be preceded by action short of strike action involving an overtime ban and a work to rule. The action short of […]

NSSN 245: Victories show that action works!

June 3, 2015 in Bulletins

It’s just a month since the Tories won the general election and already workers are demonstrating how they can be stopped in their tracks! In the last week alone:- Education unions in Lewisham were due to take another two days of strike action this week against academisation but the plans have been deferred. Kone workers were going to continue their weekly Monday strikes against management’s attempts to use a tracking system as a disciplinary tool. But they too have won a victory. For the second time, the threat of national strike action by Network Rail workers has forced the bosses […]

Sign petition! Release Janahan from detention now! End deportations to Sri Lanka

June 2, 2015 in Appeals

Tamil Solidarity demands the immediate release of Janahan Sivanathan from Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) where he is currently being held. Janahan is an active member of Tamil Solidarity and detention and the threat of being returned to Sri Lanka pose a serious risk to his life. Janahan has been severely affected by the Sri Lanka civil war and has been horrendously tortured. He mental state is very unstable and he has a history of self-harm and suicide attempts. Janahan has a history of mental health problems and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Detention in the IRC will […]

Victory for Kone Strikers!

June 1, 2015 in News

The escalation of strike action across the country by around 300 engineering service workers has thwarted attempts by bosses from Kone using a tracking system as a disciplinary tool.   The Finnish owned company were intent on using unreliable “spy in the cab” technology.  In one case the data showed that an engineer was supposed to have driven over 1000 miles in one day without refuelling!   Previously Kone management had walked away from negotiations, which had angered workers given that it was Kone who had approached ACAS in the first place.   The Unite rep from Gateshead’s Team Valley […]