NSSN 278: Junior Doctors to strike again

February 3, 2016 in Bulletins

Junior Doctors have been forced to take a second day of strike action on February 10th by the determination of the Tories to bring in a new contract. NSSN supporters visited BMA picket lines on January 12th and will continue to give support and solidarity as long as it’s needed. We have no doubt that the incredible support that was shown to Junior Doctors that day will continue. We call on the TUC and the other health unions to urgently meet with the BMA to call a national demonstration to defend the NHS and support the Junior Doctors and the […]

NSSN 277: Support Unite’s No Cuts stance

January 27, 2016 in Bulletins

The Unite local government national committee (the NISC, National Industrial Sector Combine) has called on Labour councils to set no-cuts budgets. You can read about the vote here at the website of Unite Housing branch 11 We are asking NSSN supporters to take the supporting model resolution below, to their union branch, local trades council, anti-cuts group etc, to back up this stance. We can raise this decision in the run up to council budget setting meetings, to add their pressure on the council not to implement cuts. Resolution: Local Authorities No Cuts Budgets This …… welcomes the resolution passed […]

NSSN 276: No closures – nationalise to #SaveOurSteel

January 20, 2016 in Bulletins

The crisis in the UK Steel Industry is continuing with another 1050 jobs threatened at Tata, with 750 to go at the biggest plant Port Talbot. Just today (Jan 20) Sheffield Forgemasters have announced 100 workers will be made redundant. The NSSN gives full support to the workers in the industry and their unions. We support the call that many steelworkers are making – why can’t they be bailed out like the bankers who caused the economic crisis were in 2008? If Northern Rock and Lloyds TSB could be taken into public ownership, why can’t Port Talbot steelworks or any […]

Public meeting: Stop the closure of Port Talbot steelworks

January 20, 2016 in News, Press Releases

The NSSN will hold a public solidarity meeting for steel works in Port Talbot threatened with job losses and closures.: The meeting will begin at 7.30pm Wednesday February 10 in lounge of Grand Hotel Port Talbot (opposite train station) Confirmed speakers include Rob Williams NSSN national chair & ex-Swansea Visteon (Ford) union convenor. Nationalise to #SaveOurSteel

NSSN 275: Junior Doctors strike back against Tory attacks!

January 13, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN 275: Junior Doctors strike back against Tory attacks! The NSSN has been proud to give solidarity and support to the BMA and the Junior Doctors as they took their first strike action for four decades on January 12th. Despite all the dirty tactics from the Tories and their anti-union press, the action was a tremendous show of strength that had overwhelming public support – the BMA report record membership and an ITV poll at the end of the day showed over 93% support! Everywhere, there was fantastic solidarity from trade unionists. Banners and flags from all unions graced picket […]

Unite & NSSN drop ‪#‎SportsDirectShame banner at St James’

January 13, 2016 in News

In September of 2015 organisers of Unite the Union’s Unite Community project and officers of the National Shop Stewards Network began to interact, with an aim toward building a common purpose for advancing the causes of the wider labour movement. What the two groups had in common beyond working-class aims was a common enemy in the multi-billionaire scourge of Sports Direct UK’s owner, Newcastle United Football Club megalomaniac Mike Ashley.   Together the Unite the Union and NSSN’s north east section mounted campaigns against Sports Direct in this socialist heartland. Receptions were sometimes mixed, complicated by the number of people […]

NSSN 274: Support the Junior Doctors strike & NHS bursaries march!

January 6, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN 274: Support the Junior Doctors strike & NHS bursaries march! Next Tuesday January 12th, Junior Doctors will be striking on the first of four planned days of action. This Saturday January 9th, students in the NHS will be marching in defence of their bursaries – assemble 12noon outside St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH https://www.facebook.com/events/440660962797762/. Following the announcement of plans cut to NHS bursaries for student nurses UCU is supporting this petition which has already had over 146,000 signatures https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/113491 For latest news and protests follow #JuniorContract #NotFairNotSafe and #bursariesorbust on twitter Below are excerpts from an […]

NSSN 273: Seasons greetings from NSSN…#KillTheBill in 2016!

December 16, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 273: Seasons greetings from the NSSN…#KillTheBill in 2016! This is the last NSSN e-bulletin of the year…and what a year! The Tories squeaked into government with only 24% of the electorate but consider it enough of a mandate to push through the biggest attack on union rights for over 30 years as well yet more brutal cuts. As we’ve said, the two are inter-linked – Cameron sees the unions as potentially the biggest barrier to more austerity. The NSSN has worked with others, such as the militant unions in the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG) and will continue to […]

NSSN 272: Weekend of action for NSSN, BFAWU & Unite in the North East

December 8, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 272: Weekend of action for NSSN, BFAWU & Unite in North East The ten trade union officers of the National Shop Stewards Network’s North East section organised two days of fighting action on the 4th and 5th of December, in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. Operating in conjunction with a full-time organiser from NSSN constituent union the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, Friday afternoon was spent in Gateshead, at the Metro Centre. This is massive shopping mall containing a number of fast food outlets. Staff were highly receptive to the call for a £10 per hour minimum wage […]

Generations United! Pensioners and Youth fight together

December 8, 2015 in Appeals

I was recently elected as the delegate representing the Thames Valley on the National Pensioners Convention Executive Committee. The NPC represents 1.5 million pensioners, many of them members of trade unions who mostly finance the organisation. We are a campaigning body that fights for pensioners through out the country not only for their pensions but also issues ranging from social care to public transport and dignity in old age. We campaign against cuts to services, hospital closures and austerity. We took our banner on the recent TUC lobby of Tory Conference and we lobby Parliament on a regular basis. Our […]