Sign petition & support growing resistance of metalworkers in Turkey

May 25, 2015 in Appeals

Dear Friend,   I am writing to ask you to sign the petition below and support the growing resistance of the metal workers in Turkey.   The resistance which started with Renault workers and spread across TOFAS, Coşkunöz, Mako and Valeo workers has now encouraged Ototrim factory workers and Ford Otosan workers in Bursa and Kocaeli to take action as well. The participation of 15,000 metal workers has strengthened the resistance. After just one week the resistance continues to grow with more workers joining ranks and taking industrial action.   The metal workers’ demands: 1 – Assurance that that no […]

NSSN 243: Two weeks after the election…workers strike back!

May 22, 2015 in Bulletins

This is our second NSSN e-bulletin since the general election result which confirmed a Tory majority government. Since then, a number of unions have held their national conferences. We are delighted to announce that at theirs, the FBU have voted to affiliate to the NSSN – the 9th national union to officially support the Network. At that conference and others the clear message is that workers are prepared to fight Tory cuts and any new attacks on union rights that are announced in the Queen’s Speech on May 27. That defiant mood is reflected in the incredible number of strikes, […]

242: No cuts mandate – come to NSSN fightback Conference

May 12, 2015 in Bulletins

Thousands of trade union reps and activists are trying to make sense of the general election result that has ushered in another 5 years of Tory rule – except this time without any LibDem cover. But we don’t believe that this is a strong government. The Tories only increased their vote by 0.8% and have a wafer thin majority. But left to their own devices, Cameron, Osborne & co (now including Boris) will try and unleash a new wave of their austerity offensive, including £12bn of welfare cuts on the most vulnerable. They will also look to further attack democratic […]

241: Dave Smith of BSG to speak at NSSN Conference

May 6, 2015 in Bulletins

The NSSN is delighted to announce that Dave Smith, a leading campaigner against blacklisting of workers for trade union activity will speak at this year’s NSSN conference on July 4th. Dave is also the co-author of the new book ‘Blacklisted’, which ‘tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. This is a story of a bitter struggle, in which collusion with the police and security services resulted in victimization, violence and unemployment, with terrible effects on families and communities.’ Dave was […]

240: Celebrate 125th May Day

April 29, 2015 in Bulletins

Youth Fight for Jobs is sending solidarity and May Day greetings in this week’s NSSN e-bulletin. “May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This year, let’s make it £10/hr day! Youth Fight for Jobs, the BFAWU Bakers’ Union and others in the Fast Food Rights   campaign encourage trades councils to put raising the minimum wage to £10/hr (now TUC policy) at the heart of your May Day celebrations. We want to reach the entire trade union movement with that message. Young people are the future of the trade unions. Fighting for a living wage we can ACTUALLY live on & an […]

NSSN 239: Workers Memorial Day April 28

April 22, 2015 in Bulletins

Worldwide some 1 million workers lose their lives in workplace accidents and ill health through exposure to dangerous substances every year, more than lose their lives through war!  It’s almost 2 years since the world witnessed the collapse of the factory in Bangladesh and over 1200 lives lost. Some of the companies who were only too keen to use slave labour, turned a blind eye to dangerous and appalling conditions, have still to pay any compensation to help those affected. In fact one of those workers was arrested outside one of these companies whilst protesting. It’s nearly a year since […]

NSSN 238: Join the 15 April global fast food worker protest

April 13, 2015 in Bulletins

Statement from BFAWU bakers’ union:- On 15 April 2015, thousands of fast food workers will lead a mass movement of around 60,000 low waged workers striking across the United States to raise the issue of poor wages and the lack of trade union rights within their industry. At the same time, fast food workers and activists in 33 other countries around the world will also be taking action against low pay. Here in the UK, the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union’s Fast Food Rights campaign, which works in conjunction with the US workers’ movement, is calling for an end […]

237: Bromley Council workers strike against cuts & union attacks

April 9, 2015 in Bulletins

Hundreds of Bromley Council workers took 2 days of strike action on April 7th and 8th against the Tory council’s cuts, privatisation of services and attacks on union facilities. This shows why employers are attacking union rights – to try and hamstring unions in the face of vicious cuts. But the workers from Unite are showing that with fighting leadership, members will respond. At the strike rally, Unite lead rep Kathy Smith spoke alongside the union’s regional officer Onay Kasab. Unison branch secretary Glenn Kelly who along with other unison members who refused to cross the picket line told the […]

NSSN 236: Unison special conference votes for new pay claim

April 1, 2015 in Bulletins

Since the local government pay strike was called off last October, the NSSN e-bulletin has commented on developments. We salute the delegates at the Unison local government special conference on 24th March who voted to submit a new pay claim for 2015-2016. The special conference was called following an initiative from the North West region in the wake of widespread anger among the membership over the debacle of last year’s pay dispute. Important steps were also taken to increase rank and file control of future pay disputes. An amendment to a motion on the decision to cancel strike action for […]

Interview with sacked Crossrail worker

March 24, 2015 in News

Crossrail electrician and Unite the Union member Dan Collins was laid off by contractor Skanska after he raised a safety concern.   “I started work on Monday 9 February. They told me it was a three-year contract. A foreman showed me around – there was an abundance of work to do. He asked me if I didn’t mind working 12-hour days or weekends. On the Wednesday I noticed 16-inch wide boards lying across a metre-high elevated steel section, over which Labourers were carrying materials in and out of the area. The boards weren’t fixed down. Someone could slip off the board, […]