NSSN 298: French striker confirmed for NSSN Conference July 2nd

June 22, 2016 in Bulletins

Trade union activists in the UK have been following the incredible events in France over the last couple of months – although mainly on social media as there has been a virtual blackout by the mainstream broadcasters. They clearly don’t want workers here to be inspired by the mass strikes and demonstrations against the government’s new labour law. The NSSN is delighted to announce that we are able to continue a growing tradition of rounding off our annual conference with an international speaker. Two years ago, Ginger Jentzen from the $15Now struggle in the USA spoke and last year delegates […]

NSSN 297: Support Housing demo. Reinstate Kumaran

June 15, 2016 in Bulletins

The cost of renting a one-bedroom property in the UK has risen to swallow almost half of the average young worker’s take-home pay, according to new figures from the estate agents Countrywide.  Those living in London are typically handing over 57% of their monthly wages.  This is a nightmare for low paid workers but it now hits better paid young workers too.  No wonder there is overwhelming support for rent control and most people want more genuinely affordable cheap and secure housing.  The government has moved and introduced a new housing act – but it makes the housing crisis worse! […]

NSSN 296: Support BFAWU Pennine workers

June 8, 2016 in Bulletins

‘Organise to take on the Tories! Link up the strikes!’ – This year’s annual NSSN conference – our 10th – will be on Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – 11am-4.30pm details here   Facebook event Confirmed speakers: Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Janice Godrich PCS President, Chris Baugh PCS Assistant General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President Yannis Gourtsoyannis BMA junior doctors committee national executive To register in advance – email info@shopstewards.net. Conference fee is £6 each – you can pay on the day […]

Come to the NSSN’s 10th Annual Conference – July 2nd

April 20, 2016 in Appeals

Unions are under threat. It’s no accident that the Tories announced their (anti) Trade Union Bill at the same time as they roll out yet more cuts. They fully understand that the unions, with 6 million members, can be a major obstacle to another austerity wave and the fight is on. Junior Doctors are striking and teachers are balloting against forced academies while steelworkers are increasingly calling for Tata to be nationalised. 10th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference – Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – 11am-4.30pm. Conference fee is £6 […]

NSSN 295: Bakers Union strikes back in Yorkshire & Wales!

June 1, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 1st, the NSSN alongside other campaigning organisations, took part in a Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice protest alongside the BFAWU Bakers Union outside Downing Street. It was to protest at the Government’s new ‘Gimmick’ National Living Wage. The Tories tried to portray it as a real breakthrough for the low-paid but BFAWU President Ian Hodson attacked the hypocrisy of a ‘minimum wage’ that didn’t apply to workers under the age of 25. But he also warned that unscrupulous employers would try to make their workers pay for the rise by cutting shift allowances and other premiums. This week, […]

NSSN 294: Link up the strikes – come to NSSN Conference

May 24, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN supporters spent last week racing around picket lines and strike protests as a succession of workers took action. In Sheffield, PCS members at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills were on strike to stop their office being closed, while across the city hundreds of BFAWU bakers’ Union members were on picket lines, day and night to stop their employer Pennine Foods imposing new inferior contracts. In London, we were supporting the Unite strike at the Homes and Communities Agency as well as giving solidarity to the picket and protest of RMT members at Southern Rail. In Glasgow, the […]

NSSN 293: Support the strikes!

May 18, 2016 in Bulletins

Two weeks after the Tory trade Union Bill became law, this week’s NSSN e-bulletin is full of reports and requests of solidarity from a whole number of disputes. PCS members in the National Museum Wales are continuing their all-out strike while their comrades in BIS start action against office closures and job cuts. BFAWU members in Sheffield and Unite housing workers in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are also taking strike action. RMT members on Southern Rail and Glasgow Unison janitors will both be striking and protesting. A number of POA branches have also been walking out over health […]

TU Bill passed but victories show how it can be defeated

May 9, 2016 in Bulletins

The Tory Trade Union Bill has completed its journey through the parliamentary process to become law. Disgracefully, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has not organised a single national demonstration against the bill. It’s one lobby of Parliament last November saw hundreds of union members refused access to the venue in Westminster because the TUC had only booked half the seats, such was their pessimism about how many would turn up! Fortunately, because the FBU had their fire engine outside, I was able to speak to what became an open-air rally. It was the only way the NSSN was going to […]

90 years since the General Strike

May 4, 2016 in Bulletins

Ninety years ago today, millions of workers were taking part in the General Strike to defend the miners from a brutal Tory government. The NSSN along with militant unions has championed the idea of generalised strike action to face down Tory austerity and their planned anti-union laws. PCS National Vice-President John McInally celebrates the 1926 General Strike and draws out the lessons for today’s generation of trade union fighters:- “The 90th anniversary of the general strike of 1926 allows us to reflect on the potential of the working class through their own organisations – the trade unions – to organise […]

290: VIDEO PCS & FBU call for solidarity with Junior Doctors

April 27, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 26th in London, over 5,000 striking junior doctors and their supporters marched on the first day of their latest 2-day strike. The march was joint between the BMA and the NUT, who are balloting over forced academisation along with members of other supporting unions including PCS, FBU, RMT, Unite, Unison, NAPO, POA, GMB, TSSA and many others. The whole of the PCS National Executive (NEC) left their meeting to attend. The union’s General Secretary Mark Serwotka addressed the huge rally to announce that the NEC had passed a motion calling on the TUC General Council to organise a […]