206 – Performance Management: Turn on, log on, tune in

August 20, 2014 in Bulletins

The CWU in British Telecom has just undertaken a survey of members whether to ballot for strike action over Performance Management (PM). A majority are in favour. But PM is increasingly being used throughout the world of work. This week, a CWU member lifts the lid on this bullying culture (names have been changed):- “A confidential meeting between a line manager and team member is taking place. Targets have been revised and raised. Now each member of the manager’s team must hit 100% of expected job standards, but not to worry as the individual has achieved 130%; an increase of […]

205 – Care UK: “We’re Yorkshire folk, we’ll never surrender.”

August 13, 2014 in Appeals, Bulletins

“We’re Yorkshire folk, we’re like a dog with a bone. We won’t give up, we’ll never surrender.” This is how Doncaster Care UK shop steward Roger Hutt expressed the sheer working-class determination of the fifty-odd Unison members at the strikers’ meeting held last night at the end of the latest two weeks strike action. Having now taken 48 days of strike action in their battle against 35% cuts in terms and conditions as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties, these former NHS staff voted unanimously to take another three weeks strike […]

Leaflet for NSSN rally at TUC Conference

August 5, 2014 in News

The NSSN conference on July 5th agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at this year’s TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka is one of the confirmed speakers NSSN TUC rally 2014 leaflet by National Shop Stewards Network

NSSN 204 – All out together on October 14!

August 6, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s official – the pay strike will continue into the autumn. The first serious step has been taken towards building the strike coalition that saw over 1 million public sector workers take action together on July 10th. Council workers from Unison, Unite and the GMB have agreed that October 14th will be the next strike day in the pay dispute. Importantly, Unison will be balloting members in academy schools during September so they can join the strike. September also sees Scottish local government workers being balloted for industrial action over pay likely to commence with a one-day strike, which of […]

NSSN 203 – FBU Gaza statement

July 30, 2014 in Bulletins

The vast majority of trade unionists are outraged by the events in Gaza over the last few weeks and many have attended the protests and demonstrations that have taken place. In this week’s NSSN e-bulletin, we re-produce the FBU’s statement on Gaza.   The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected by the conflict, including the families of the victims. In particular, the FBU applauds the tremendous work done by firefighters helping the victims of atrocities, and […]

Justice for Doncaster Eddie Stobart/Tesco drivers

July 29, 2014 in Appeals

From Unite the union: In July 2012 Tesco transferred 184 drivers to Eddie Stobarts at their distribution centre in Doncaster. Less than six months later 184 drivers were out of work. The drivers’ union, Unite, has continued to support the drivers including pursuing legal action for unfair dismissal and insufficient consultation. As part of the legal process we have seen documents which show that Tesco and Stobarts were in discussions regarding the redundancies well in advance of the transfer. Our members didn’t stand a chance. We are here today to demonstrate that Unite members will not lie down and let Tesco […]

Doncaster Care UK workers on the picket line again

July 29, 2014 in News

On 29 July, Doncaster Care UK workers, members of Unison, began another two weeks of strike action. They have already taken 34 days of strike action between February and May against 35% pay cuts as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties. Unison has declared a new industrial dispute in support of a pay claim including a ‘living wage’ for all Doncaster Care UK staff. The company have already declared no pay rise whatsoever for this year. Consultative and formal ballots produced yes votes for strike action. The Care UK workers have […]

202: Action builds confidence; Confidence builds action.

July 24, 2014 in Bulletins

The marvellous display of working class solidarity we witnessed during the huge strike of July 10 has, as we predicted, given renewed confidence to whole layers of the trade union movement. J10 saw the big guns move into action – government workers, schoolworkers, firefighters – but this week sees some of the smaller sections of our movement continue or announce their intention to start strike action, as well as healthworkers moving onto the scene. Argos strike Unite members at the 5 Argos warehouses at Basildon in Essex, Bridgewater in Somerset, MagnaPark in Lutterworth, Haywood near Manchester and Castleford in Yorkshire […]

Ritzy strikers march for a Living Wage

July 18, 2014 in Protest

Strikers at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema were joined by fellow BECTU members and supporters in a march around central London yesterday. The march was part of their long running fight for the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour. The route took in several well known London cinema’s owned by Cine World, the parent company of the Ritzy. The march concluded with a rally at the London Assembly. There were speeches from BECTU General Secretary Gerry Morrissey, film maker Ken Loach, Labour London Assembly member Fiona Twycross and Ritzy shop steward Rob Lugg. A message of solidarity was read out from […]

Mark Serwotka to speak at NSSN rally at the TUC Conference

July 17, 2014 in News, Video

The National Shop Stewards Network is pleased to announce that PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will be speaking at the NSSN rally at TUC Conference on 7th September The NSSN conference on July 5th agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at this year’s TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. Whether you’re a delegate or not, come along and help us keep up the pressure! In his speech to the London strike rally […]