NSSN 239: Workers Memorial Day April 28 – “Remember the dead, fight for the living.”

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 […]

226: July4 NSSN Conference ’15 – ‘Stop the union-busters!’

January 21, 2015 in Bulletins

The national steering committee of the National Shop Stewards Network met last Saturday. The meeting confirmed that this year’s NSSN conference, our 9th, will be on Saturday July 4th in Conway Hall in London. Our vice-chair and PCS Wales chair Katrine Williams updated us on the brutal attack on PCS by this government. The meeting unanimously agreed to send a message of support and solidarity to PCS and offer the full assistance of the NSSN in their fight to defend the union. Our view is that this is struggle, the whole trade union movement should be involved in and our […]

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, […]

NSSN 235: Reinstate sacked Crossrail workers & defend anti-blacklist campaigner

March 24, 2015 in Bulletins

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith was arrested on the peaceful protest of 40 construction workers and their supporters outside the Construction News Awards in the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane last Wednesday evening. The protestors, who had a token stopping of the traffic, were highlighting the disgraceful sacking of workers on the Crossrail project for raising health and safety concerns. For example, this happened at Whitechapel where workers were ‘let go’ because they wanted torches attached to their helmets, yet days later 13 workers had falls because it was too dark! After a protest there on February 23rd there […]

VIDEO Anti-Blacklisting campaigner arrested on Crossrail protest

March 19, 2015 in News

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith was arrested on the peaceful protest of 40 construction workers and their supporters outside the Construction News Awards in the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane on last night. The protestors, who had a token stopping of the traffic, were highlighting the disgraceful sacking of workers on the Crossrail project for raising health and safety concerns. For example, this happened at Whitechapel where workers were ‘let go’ because they wanted torches attached to their helmets, yet days later 13 workers had falls because it was too dark! After a protest there on February 23rd there […]

234: ConDems raise minimum wage by 20p! Fight for £10Now April 15 global day of action!

March 18, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 234: ConDems raise minimum wage by 20p! Fight for £10/hr on April 15 #globalfastfood rights day of action! On April 15th, the National Shop Stewards Network will be taking part in the global day of action for fast-food workers. We are proud to be part of the ‘Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice’ campaign of the BFAWU bakers’ union along with John McDonnell MP, Youth Fight for Jobs, Unite the Resistance, Disabled People Against Cuts and others. The main themes of the UK protests will be: for a £10/hr minimum wage, scarp zero-hour contracts and join a union. On Budget […]

Brazilian water worker sacked: urgent solidarity needed

March 17, 2015 in Appeals, International

The NSSN has just received this request for urgent solidarity:   BRAZIL – Urgent solidarity protests needed.   Faced with lack of water for people, Sabesp cuts costs, sacks more than 500 workers and victimises trade union activists.   NO TO REDUNDANCIES AND VICTIMISATION AT SABESP!   For the immediate re-employment of Marzeni Pereira and all sacked workers! Sack Alckmin not the workers’!   The management of Sabesp (the massive Sao Paulo water and waste disposal company) and Sao Paulo state governor, Geraldo Alckmin on Monday 16th March formally announced the sacking of  workers including comrade Marzeni Pereira (in attached […]

Affiliate to Tamil Solidarity

March 12, 2015 in Appeals

Unique among Tamil campaigns and organisations, Tamil Solidarity puts the working class and its organisations at the centre of the struggle for Tamil rights. We stand for the right of the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka to self-determination, alongside the struggle for the rights of workers and the oppressed throughout the island, regardless of their ethnic/religious background. In Britain, we have consistently linked that struggle to the trade union movement. Tamil Solidarity activists have intervened at union conferences around the country, and have addressed many union branch meetings and events, raising awareness of the issues facing Tamils – both in […]