NSSN 209 – Video of NSSN lobby of the TUC

September 11, 2014 in Bulletins

Last Sunday September 7th, 150 trade union activists came to the NSSN rally before the start of the TUC Conference in Liverpool and then lobbied delegates. They listened to union general secretaries – Ronnie Draper BFAWU bakers’ union, Steve Gillan POA and Ian Lawrence NAPO and Chris Baugh PCS assistant general secretary alongside Roy Bentham Blacklist Support Group, Dave Honeybone striking Unison rep at Doncaster Care UK, Jane Nellist NUT NEC, Tony Mulhearn one of the 47 Liverpool councillors, Helen Pattison Youth Fight for Jobs and NSSN chair Rob Williams. RMT North West regional organiser Darren Ireland opened the rally […]

Support London bus driver’s demo

September 3, 2014 in News

A London Bus driver Unite London bus drivers are having a demonstration on Thursday 11th September.  We will assemble at 1100 am at Bressenden Place, SW1, near Victoria station and we will march down to Parliament.  Since privatisation twenty years ago, London Buses have been divided up between more than a dozen different operating companies.  Even within each firm there are different pay scales, terms and conditions.  We all do the same job – why should we be treated differently? Transport for London and the bus operators have argued sector wide negotiation is not only anti-competitive but illegal.  So how […]

Romford Sparks win after Blockade

September 2, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

15 electricians working for T.Clarke via an agency at the Network Rail Operating Centre construction site have won a fantastic victory. Last week, they set up a Unite shop and elected two reps as they sought direct employment with Clarkes after being the next in a long line of workers to suffer from the ‘Umbrella Scam’. ‘Coincidentally’(!) the two reps were laid off last Friday along with another worker. In a fantastic show of solidarity, the other workers ‘cabined up’ and refused to start work. Yesterday (Sept 1) the stoppage continued with Unite officers and organisers joining rank & file […]

VIDEO: Sparks blockade Tommy Clarke site in Romford

September 1, 2014 in News, Reports, Strikes, Video

At a Romford rail station site in east London last week, 15 agency construction workers who were suffering being paid via the umbrella company scam called a Unite official to the site. They were seeking help in putting forward their demand that they be employed directly by the building services contractor company T. Clarke. In a meeting between Unite reps and Clarke’s management it was agreed that Clarke would consider the request for the 13 to be directly employed. A Unite steward and deputy steward were elected by the workers. However on Friday morning these two stewards and one other worker were sacked by Clarke. In […]

208 – Come to NSSN rally at TUC:All out together October 14!

September 3, 2014 in Bulletins

The 2014 NSSN conference agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at the 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. This year’s TUC Conference meets as public sector unions contemplate mass joint strike action on October 14th against the government’s continuing pay freeze. In reality, workers’ living standards are down by an average of 8% since the economic crisis struck in 2008, with young workers losing 15%! No wonder record numbers are using […]

5,000 Iranian iron workers strike

August 29, 2014 in International

More than 5,000 Iranian mine workers went on strike on August 19 in central province of Yazd demanding the release of two workers who had been arrested by the State Security Forces. The two workers of Bafq Iron Ore mine were arrested at the request of the mine’s management. The arrested miners, Amir Hossein Kargaran and Ali Sabri are reportedly accused of organizing a 40-day strike which started on May 18 in protest of the privatization of the mine. The forces had planned to arrest 16 other workers who also had been involved in a 40 day strike in May. […]

NSSN 207 – NHS workers ballot for pay strike!

August 27, 2014 in Appeals

This week, hundreds of thousands of NHS workers start an industrial action ballot on pay. It poses the possibility of them joining the other public sector workers who are striking on October 14th. The NSSN also gives full support to the People’s March for the NHS which is currently on its way to London from Jarrow. To join up with the march, go to www.999callfornhs.org.uk/   This is from a South Wales nurse: “Tory MP Mark Simmonds recently announced he was leaving parliament. He claims that his MP’s wage and expenses don’t give him the life he aspires to for […]

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 […]

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 […]