NSSN 216: FBU escalate pension strikes – Back the firefighters!

October 29, 2014 in Bulletins

Firefighters in the FBU union are due to strike for four days over pension cuts. The strike marks a big escalation in the dispute, as up until now the walkouts – since September 2013 – have lasted between two and 24 hours. This is from Salford FBU rep Paul Davies. “We’re very, very angry and disappointed about the way negotiations have gone. Not on the FBU’s part – it’s done a really good job at putting the case across and explaining why we need a revised offer. It’s the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Nothing’s changed from the […]

FBU strike solidarity & financial appeal

October 29, 2014 in Appeals

Stop the government attacks on firefighters FBU appeal for solidarity   Dear sisters and brothers,   Members of the Fire Brigades Union are requesting your solidarity as our pensions campaign takes a new turn. The FBU Executive Council has called a four-day strike in England starting on Friday 31 October at 18:00 and continuing until the same time on Tuesday 4 November.   We have been forced to take this step because the government has started the process to lay the regulations for the new firefighters’ pension scheme, to commence in April 2015. You will know from your own battles […]

NSSN 215: TUC Demo video/Support St Mungos strikers

October 22, 2014 in Bulletins

See NSSN video taken on Saturday’s TUC ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ demonstration’  St Mungo’s strike by Unite members Two hundred striking homelessness workers gathered outside St Mungo’s Broadway head office on the first day of a seven day strike. The strike follows imposed changes by a new management team at the charity. Spirits were high and there was a mood of determination as strikers chanted “the workers united will never be defeated”. Earlier that morning workers had staged nineteen workplace pickets. Speaking at the rally Unite convenor Adam Lambert reported that, in last minute talks at ACAS, management had […]

St. Mungo’s strike & Appeal

October 15, 2014 in News, Strikes

Unite members at the homelessness charity St Mungos Broadway will strike for an initial seven days from Friday 17th October.  A new executive, installed following a recent merger, has imposed changes to staff terms with what they call “retrospective consultation”.  They have announced their intention to stop negotiating with Unite on pay while the new boss talks of the possibility of working with notorious private contractors such as Serco.   A packed members meeting voted unanimously for the seven day strike following a ballot in which a massive 95.8% voted to strike on a 68% turnout. There are just under […]

NSSN 214: Keep Striking Together for a Pay Rise!

October 15, 2014 in Bulletins

Reject the local government pay proposal Name the date for the next joint pay strike This coming Saturday’s TUC demonstration is an important next step in the struggle to break the ConDems pay freeze. It comes at the end of a week when over half a million health workers and civil servants have been on strike while the lecturers’ strike was banned by the anti-union laws. However, it should have been much bigger but the strike of council workers that was due to take place on Tuesday was called off in light of a new pay proposal from the local […]

213: National Solidarity Day Oct 10 for Care UK striking workers

October 8, 2014 in Bulletins

This Friday October 10, workers at Care UK in Doncaster will be taking their 81st day of strike action, reportedly a record in the care sector. The NSSN are supporting their call to make Friday a national day of solidarity. We call on all NSSN supporters, trade unionists and socialists to organise pickets and protests outside Care UK offices and those of Bridgepoint, the private equity firm that owns Care UK. Also, people can protest outside shops such as Fat Face and Pret a Manger which are owned by Bridgepoint. The London protest is at 12noon outside Care UK 29 […]

NSSN 212: Reject local govt pay proposal – keep the strike on

October 1, 2014 in Bulletins

It appears that the local government employers have made a set of new proposals in the pay dispute to the unions – Unison, Unite and the GMB. It should be noted that any improvement is a result of the threatened strike on 14th October which is part of a three-day rolling action that also covers the NHS and the civil service; coming after the million-strong public sector strike that took place on 10th July. However, the detail of the proposal reveals that it is nowhere near enough to settle this dispute. Council workers who have suffered four years of pay […]

NSSN 211 – support the 3-day rolling pay strike October 13-15!

September 24, 2014 in Bulletins

The next phase of the strikes to break the ConDem pay freeze will start in under 3 weeks’ time. The decision of yesterday’s PCS NEC ensures that up to a million and half public sector workers from Unison, PCS, Unite, GMB, UCU and NIPSA will be striking in 3 consecutive days of action. The health unions had already decided to strike for four hours on October 13. The day after, council workers and FE lecturers will be out followed by civil servants on October 15. The NSSN gives full support to these workers, which can be a step up from […]

NSSN BULLETIN 210: Time to make a stand

September 18, 2014 in Bulletins

When the dust settles and the movement takes a look back at the important business at 2014 TUC, it may well be an uncontroversial motion, carried unanimously, which takes on the mantle of being the most important. It’s passing didn’t merit a TUC press release, but the Bakers’ Union’s call for a £10 an hour minimum wage in the year we are all campaigning under the slogan Britain Needs A Pay Rise should not be underestimated. Inspired by the fantastic $15 Now campaign in the US, British trade unions have now tied their banner to a significant rise in the […]

NSSN 209 – Video of NSSN lobby of the TUC

September 11, 2014 in Bulletins

Last Sunday September 7th, 150 trade union activists came to the NSSN rally before the start of the TUC Conference in Liverpool and then lobbied delegates. They listened to union general secretaries – Ronnie Draper BFAWU bakers’ union, Steve Gillan POA and Ian Lawrence NAPO and Chris Baugh PCS assistant general secretary alongside Roy Bentham Blacklist Support Group, Dave Honeybone striking Unison rep at Doncaster Care UK, Jane Nellist NUT NEC, Tony Mulhearn one of the 47 Liverpool councillors, Helen Pattison Youth Fight for Jobs and NSSN chair Rob Williams. RMT North West regional organiser Darren Ireland opened the rally […]