NSSN 309: ‘Blacklisted’: watch the film & read the book!

September 21, 2016 in Bulletins

The NSSN is delighted to devote this week’s bulletin to the struggle of the blacklisted workers. The film by Tom Wood from Reel News ‘Blacklisted – a film about power, the organisations that wield it and the people who fought back’ was premiered at the ‘Blacklisting, Bullying & Blowing the Whistle’ conference that took place in the University of Greenwich last weekend, where speakers included Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell alongside blacklisted workers and other campaigners, academics and representatives from the legal profession such as John Hendy QC. It follows on form the book co-authored by Dave Smith and investigative journalist […]

308: VIDEO – TUC Rally ‘Call demo to support Junior Doctors!’

September 14, 2016 in Bulletins, Video

Sunday’s NSSN rally before the start of TUC Congress in Brighton was a fantastic success. Militant trade unionists from both the leadership of some of the most fighting unions and the rank and file spoke to 250 Congress delegates and union and anti-cuts campaigners. Everyone sent their best wishes to PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka who was admitted to hospital last week. There were barnstorming speeches from PCS President Janice Godrich, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper (suspended and now reinstated by Labour) and POA General Secretary Steve Gillan alongside those off junior doctors and workers from Greenwich […]

NSSN 306: Junior Doctors, UberEats & Southern Rail strikes

August 31, 2016 in Bulletins

BMA Junior Doctors re-start strikes September 12-16 The BMA has today confirmed that junior doctors will take further industrial action. The first 5 days will be September 12-16. We know that trade unionists and the majority of ordinary people everywhere will support this action as they did earlier in the year.   These dates happen to be the week of TUC Congress, taking place this year in Brighton. The NSSN calls on the TUC to invite the BMA to send a speaker to address Congress and to go further. This is happening at the same time that draft plans from […]

NSSN 304: Deliveroo workers strike against #Slaveroo pay cuts!

August 16, 2016 in Bulletins

Hundreds of drivers working for takeaway food courier company Deliveroo protested outside their head office on 15 August, the beginning of a strike over changes to their pay. At the moment drivers get £7 an hour plus £1 extra for each delivery, Deliveroo want to cut the hourly rate and move to a zero-hour contract which would mean drivers earning only £3.75 for each delivery. Deliveroo boss William Shu came out to talk to workers but tried to pull the wool over their eyes and request ‘one on one’ discussions with the workers which was met with boos. The drivers, […]

NSSN 307: Come to NSSN TUC Rally Sunday – Tories Out! Keep Corbyn!

September 7, 2016 in Bulletins

This year’s TUC Congress comes at a critical moment for the trade union movement. It will be the last before the new Tory (anti) Trade Union Act comes into force. However, even before then, we have seen the Tory Press whip up a storm against two important disputes – the BMA Junior Doctors and the RMT on Southern Rail. It is crucial that Congress sends a signal that these struggles aren’t left isolated, particularly as there have been threats made that Junior Doctors could face disciplinary action if they strike again. There should be emergency motions for the TUC to […]

305: John McDonnell to speak at NSSN TUC rally 11 Sept

August 23, 2016 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is delighted to announce that Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has agreed to speak at our rally on Sunday 11 September, before the start of TUC Congress in Brighton. The NSSN gives full support to Jeremy and John McDonnell. Like tens of thousands of working class people who have joined solidarity #KeepCorbyn protests and meetings over the summer, we see Owen Smith’s challenge as an attempt by the Blairites to turn the political clock back to when Labour was a reliable tool of the establishment. We hope that the NSSN rally, with John McDonnell […]

NSSN TUC rally 11 Sept: John McDonnell confirmed to speak!!

August 5, 2016 in Protest

NSSN TUC Congress rally: ‘Cameron Gone – get the rest of the Tories Out!’ – Confirmed speakers to date: Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, PCS President Janice Godrich, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper and POA General Secretary Steve Gillan It is open to Congress delegates and all trade union and anti-cuts campaigners. 1pm Sunday 11th September Ashdown Suite in the Holiday Inn 137 King’s Rd (seafront), Brighton BN1 2JF Map Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100714456673911/   Our London supporters are block-booking train tickets from London Bridge to Brighton on the day – £28 for four places. […]

303: Fawley workers defeat ‘race to the bottom’ exploitation

August 3, 2016 in Bulletins

Striking Unite members working for contractors NICO at the massive Fawley refinery in Hampshire have won an important victory for trade unionists against the bosses’ race to the bottom. This strike was against contractors exploiting migrant workers from Bulgaria and Italy and paying £48 for a 10 hour shift instead of the £125 union agreed rate paid to British workers. This attack by the employers on trade union terms and conditions has been at the heart of the austerity drive to boost profits at the expense of workers across Europe. It is the attempt to drive down wages that fuelled […]

NSSN 302: Oil strike & Wood St cleaners – 50 days out!

July 26, 2016 in Bulletins

This week, we headline two disputes – one that has just burst out in the North Sea oil fields and the other reaching its 50th day! Over 400 members of Unite and RMT working for Wood Group on Shell platforms went on strike today – the first in the offshore oil and gas industry in almost 3 decades – which follows a ban on overtime which came into force yesterday. The NSSN took part in a protest at Shell International in Canary Wharf this morning. See interviews of RMT Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley and President Sean Hoyle as well […]

NSSN 301: Video of 10th NSSN Conference

July 15, 2016 in Bulletins

This is a video of the 10th annual NSSN Conference which took place on Saturday July 2nd in London on the themes: “Cameron’s gone – now get rid of the rest of the Tories! Link the strikes!’ NSSN TUC Congress rally ‘Cameron Gone – get the rest of the Tories Out!’ – 1pm Sunday 11th September   NSSN news Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate to the NSSN – it only costs £50. Already affiliated? Please think about renewing it. Also, many of our supporters pay a few pounds a month. You can set up a […]