263: National Gallery victory, Tory Party demo, TUCG #KillTheBill protest Oct 13

October 7, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 263: PCS National Gallery victory, Tory Party demo & TUCG #KillTheBill protest Oct 13 The NSSN salutes the workers at the National Gallery and their union PCS as they return to work after over 100 days of strike action. The agreement includes the reinstatement of PCS rep Candy Udwin. This is a fantastic victory that can inspire all workers as we face more Tory cuts and their Trade Union Bill. We have given full support to the strike, including having Candy address our annual conference in July, where a financial collection was taken. From PCS website: Agreement reached to […]

NSSN 262: #KillTheBill Demo outside Tory Party conference

September 30, 2015 in Bulletins

Text from NSSN leaflet that will be given out on Sunday’s TUC demonstration in Manchester:- As new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said, the Tories have declared war on trade unions and their members. After being the 200-1 outsider, surely no-one now believes the odds are too great to take on Cameron and co? Their Trade Union Bill is a continuation of Thatcher’s brutal anti-union laws. Despite the propaganda that says unions are finished, this Bill shows that the Tories recognise that with over 6million members, they are still potentially the most powerful barrier to Osborne’s cuts. That’s why it’s […]

NSSN 260: Watch the video of NSSN #KillTheBill TUC lobby

September 17, 2015 in Bulletins

Watch video of NSSN TUC rally & lobby HERE Hundreds of union activists crowded into the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) #KillTheBill rally before the start of TUC Congress in Brighton. Buoyed by the victory of anti-austerity candidate Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader the previous day, they heard speakers from the all layers of the union movement. Union general secretaries Mark Serwotka PCS, Mick Cash RMT, Matt Wrack FBU, Ronnie Draper BFAWU, Dave Ward CWU and Steve Gillan POA spoke alongside rank & file union reps and activists Suzanne Muna Unite EC, Tony Seaman Teesside ‘Pay the Rate’ construction protestor, […]

NSSN 258: Reinstate sacked Royal Mail rep John Vasey now!

September 2, 2015 in Appeals, Bulletins

John Vasey, a CWU postal rep in Wakefield, West Yorkshire has been sacked on what his work colleagues recognise as stitched up charges. John was suspended by Royal Mail during the general election on allegations connected with the non-delivery of election material. Since John’s suspension, the Wakefield office has been run by an increasingly threatening management, who have driven through cutbacks placing unmanageable workloads on a reduced number of postal workers. John, with 25 years’ service has good support from fellow workers and the CWU in his battle for reinstatement. Currently awaiting an appeal, his reinstatement campaign is gathering pace […]

Campaign Kazakhstan protest today Sept 28

September 28, 2015 in Appeals

On Monday 28 September 2015 at 4pm, a protest will take place outside the London office of Kaz Minerals Plc, demanding action to alleviate the suffering of their workers and the victimisation of activists. 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL   A letter has been sent to the Directors including the Chairman Vladimir Kim deploring their attitude towards the running of their mines and factories in Kazakhstan. A request has been made for a meeting with them while a representative of the workers has been visiting Britain. The constant reply from their offices was: “There is no one here at […]

NSSN 261: Kill the Bill

September 25, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN Bulletin 261 Kill the Bill Just over 2 weeks to go before the lobby of Tory Party Conference. If you’ve not yet organised your union branches and workmates to come along on Sunday, 4th October in Manchester, then do so now! The campaign to Kill the Bill is gathering momentum but there can be no let up. It’s worth reminding ourselves of just a few of the draconian measures so we can use them to increase the opposition:- Balloting thresholds of 50% turnout and then – for some occupations as yet unidentified – 40% of the total electorate …. […]

NSSN 259: Come to the NSSN Kill The Bill lobby

September 9, 2015 in Bulletins

Next Monday September 14th, just as hundreds of delegates meet in Brighton at this year’s TUC Congress, the Tories will be trying to sneak their anti-union Trade Union Bill through another Parliamentary stage. This vicious legislation that builds on Thatcher’s laws, is designed to shackle the unions just as Osborne unleashes billions more in Tory austerity. If passed, their plans would make official strikes much more difficult and give far more advantage to employers while cutting away democratic union rights. One of the most sinister measures involve forcing one picket on strike to give their personal details to the police, […]

NSSN 257: London Tubeworkers force bosses to move!

August 26, 2015 in Bulletins

Tube unions have suspended the latest two planned 24-hour strikes this week in their dispute over night-time running. They and their members will decide if any new offer from London Underground/TfL is sufficient to settle but it’s clear that the action that has already twice brought London to a halt has forced management to move. Whatever happens next – and more strikes are planned in September if necessary – all workers should take confidence from this struggle. Action does get results. This is particularly important as the Tories look to roll out a new wave of cuts and their anti-union […]

256: Support Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales strikes

August 18, 2015 in Bulletins

Weekend strikes lead to closures for Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales (17 August) from PCS website Big Pit, the National Coal Museum, has been hit by closures in the dispute over weekend working payments. The action on 15 and 16 August followed walkouts at the other National Museums sites on Friday (12 August). The National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea were closed to the public completely and there were gallery closures and limited services at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, the National Museum in Cathays Park and at St Fagan’s National History Museum […]

Fast Food Rights National Organising Day: 16 Sept

August 13, 2015 in News

We’re Hungry for Justice: Fast Food Rights National Organising Day: 16 SEP Posted on 13/08/2015    From Fast Food Rights / Hungry for Justice websiteThe NSSN is part of the Fast Food Rights / Hungry for Justice campaign alongside the BFAWU bakers’ union, John McDonnell MP, Unite the Resistance, Disabled People Against Cuts and Youth Fight for Jobs See Facebook event page here  and for background info on the global fast food rights movement, see #FastFoodGlobal On 16 September the Bakers union are holding a National Organising Day hosted by the Trade Union Congress. The organising day is a space for fast food workers, […]