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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NSSN 289: March with the Junior Doctors & Teachers!

April 20, 2016 in Bulletins

London demo April 26 to support the Junior Doctors The streets of London were crammed last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demo, with protesters calling for ‘Dodgy Dave’ and the rest of the Tories to go. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Junior Doctors in the BMA take their next 48-hour strike against Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of his new contract. Their heroic dispute is at a pivotal stage. At its recent conference, the NUT teachers’ union passed a motion to ballot for strike action against forced academisation and link up with the Junior Doctors. In London on the evening of the […]

NSSN 288: Get the Tories out! March together on April 16

April 13, 2016 in Bulletins

First it was the U-turn on tax credits, then Personal Independence Payment after Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and now on top of the division over Europe, Cameron has been shaken by the Panama tax exposé. The Tories really are on the edge! The question is how do we push them over it?! It’s clear that an increasing number of people want to fight and take action alongside the Junior Doctors, teachers and the steelworkers fighting to save their jobs.  Last Saturday, thousands demonstrated against Cameron outside Downing Street, in Sheffield on the PCS demonstration against the closure of BIS offices […]

#WakeyFor10 – Wakefield demo April 14 #FastFoodGlobal

April 12, 2016 in Protest

Joint Press statement by Wakeyfor10 and the Bakers Food and Allied workers union Britain’s food union, For over a 150 years The Bakers food and allied workers union has sought to improve the living conditions for workers, weather that be in work or in the community The BFAWU, stands by its members, In the 5th richest country in the world. we have a situation where workers do not have enough income coming in to have a reasonable standard of living, Many workers have to choose between eating and heating, many parents report skipping meals to feed children, Teachers report an […]

Solidarity with attacked Brazilian civil servants

April 8, 2016 in Appeals, International

Hired thugs beat rank and file trade union protesters   Last Monday, a group of civil servants in Praia Grande, Brazil, who are in struggle for a wage increase of 12.5%, occupied their trade union (linked to Força Sindical), offices, against the treacherous actions of the union leadership which threatened to sell out their dispute. After five hours waiting for the Union president, they were surprised by 20 henchmen and they were beaten in a cowardly manner. Please, send urgently messages of your solidarity with these workers against such abuse. They mainly fight for a real increase in their wage […]