290: VIDEO PCS & FBU call for solidarity with Junior Doctors

April 27, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 26th in London, over 5,000 striking junior doctors and their supporters marched on the first day of their latest 2-day strike. The march was joint between the BMA and the NUT, who are balloting over forced academisation along with members of other supporting unions including PCS, FBU, RMT, Unite, Unison, NAPO, POA, GMB, TSSA and many others. The whole of the PCS National Executive (NEC) left their meeting to attend. The union’s General Secretary Mark Serwotka addressed the huge rally to announce that the NEC had passed a motion calling on the TUC General Council to organise a […]

Come to the NSSN’s 10th Annual Conference – July 2nd

April 20, 2016 in Appeals

Unions are under threat. It’s no accident that the Tories announced their (anti) Trade Union Bill at the same time as they roll out yet more cuts. They fully understand that the unions, with 6 million members, can be a major obstacle to another austerity wave and the fight is on. Junior Doctors are striking and teachers are balloting against forced academies while steelworkers are increasingly calling for Tata to be nationalised. This conference is open to all trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners to discuss how we fight back together. It costs £6 to attend. If you want to book […]

NSSN 289: March with the Junior Doctors & Teachers!

April 20, 2016 in Bulletins

London demo April 26 to support the Junior Doctors The streets of London were crammed last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demo, with protesters calling for ‘Dodgy Dave’ and the rest of the Tories to go. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Junior Doctors in the BMA take their next 48-hour strike against Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of his new contract. Their heroic dispute is at a pivotal stage. At its recent conference, the NUT teachers’ union passed a motion to ballot for strike action against forced academisation and link up with the Junior Doctors. In London on the evening of the […]

287: Build pressure to #NationaliseTata – keep furnaces firing!’

April 6, 2016 in Bulletins

15,000 steel jobs are on the line but the call to nationalise Tata is growing and the pressure on Cameron is building! Over the last few days, politicians of all parties in Cardiff and London are moving their positions but we have to keep the heat on them. Last Saturday, hundreds came on a ‘Nationalise Tata’ protest and demonstration in Port Talbot called by the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) and next Wednesday April 13, the NSSN is hosting a public meeting in the town. On Monday April 4th, NSSN national chair Rob Williams spoke at a lobby of the […]

NSSN 288: Get the Tories out! March together on April 16

April 13, 2016 in Bulletins

First it was the U-turn on tax credits, then Personal Independence Payment after Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and now on top of the division over Europe, Cameron has been shaken by the Panama tax exposé. The Tories really are on the edge! The question is how do we push them over it?! It’s clear that an increasing number of people want to fight and take action alongside the Junior Doctors, teachers and the steelworkers fighting to save their jobs.  Last Saturday, thousands demonstrated against Cameron outside Downing Street, in Sheffield on the PCS demonstration against the closure of BIS offices […]

#WakeyFor10 – Wakefield demo April 14 #FastFoodGlobal

April 12, 2016 in Protest

Joint Press statement by Wakeyfor10 and the Bakers Food and Allied workers union Britain’s food union, For over a 150 years The Bakers food and allied workers union has sought to improve the living conditions for workers, weather that be in work or in the community The BFAWU, stands by its members, In the 5th richest country in the world. we have a situation where workers do not have enough income coming in to have a reasonable standard of living, Many workers have to choose between eating and heating, many parents report skipping meals to feed children, Teachers report an […]

Solidarity with attacked Brazilian civil servants

April 8, 2016 in Appeals, International

Hired thugs beat rank and file trade union protesters   Last Monday, a group of civil servants in Praia Grande, Brazil, who are in struggle for a wage increase of 12.5%, occupied their trade union (linked to Força Sindical), offices, against the treacherous actions of the union leadership which threatened to sell out their dispute. After five hours waiting for the Union president, they were surprised by 20 henchmen and they were beaten in a cowardly manner. Please, send urgently messages of your solidarity with these workers against such abuse. They mainly fight for a real increase in their wage […]

URGENT – Campaign for remission of Andres Bódalo’s sentence

April 5, 2016 in Appeals

URGENT – CAMPAIGN FOR REMISSION OF ANDRÉS BÓDALO’S SENTENCE AGAINST THE CRIMINALISATION AND REPRESSION OF SOCIAL PROTEST From the SOC-SAT (Union of Agricultural Workers-Union of Andalusian Workers) we ask for urgent collaboration in our campaign to collect signatures for the plea for remission of Andrés Bódalo’s sentence. He has been jailed for his participation in an act of social and trade union protest. Andrés Bódalo has a long history as a social activist. Added to his dedication as a trade union leader, participating in innumerable actions in defence of labour and social rights, is his political vocation. He is councillor […]

NSSN 286: Save jobs & communities – #Nationalise Tata steel plants!

March 30, 2016 in Appeals, Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our support and solidarity to the thousands of steelworkers, their families and the steel unions who are trying to come to terms with the news that Tata is looking to sell off its UK steel business. This means that what should be a fundamental foundation of the economy and the jobs and communities that go with it are under real threat. We organised a solidarity meeting in Port Talbot last month when Tata announced that nearly 20% of the 4,000 direct jobs in the works were to go. We called for the UK plants […]

We won’t be fooled by Osborne’s gimmick wage! #FoolsGold protest April 1

March 30, 2016 in Appeals

The Tories will be re-branding the minimum wage as National Living Wage this Friday April 1st. The 50p rise is nowhere near enough to take low-paid workers out of poverty pay and the under-25s are excluded! But we won’t be fooled by Osborne’s gimmick wage! To counter the Tory hypocrisy, a campaign is being launched to fight for a real minimum wage of £10 per hour with no youth exemptions. This is being headed by the BFAWU bakers’ union, the GMB and the Hungry for Justice / Fast Food Rights coalition (in which the NSSN campaigns alongside the BFAWU, John […]