NSSN 431: Honda workers march – “This is the fight of our lives!”

April 2, 2019 in Bulletins

The streets of Swindon were filled last Saturday with Honda workers, their families and supporters from the trade union movement. Thousands marched against the planned closure of the car plant in 2021. 3,500 Honda workers’ jobs are on the line and up to 10,000 more affected in related industries.

Honda Unite convenor Paddy Brennan and NSSN chair Rob Williams

Honda Unite convenor Paddy Brennan and NSSN chair Rob Williams

Amongst the speakers at the rally were Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and plant convenor Paddy Brennan. Speaking alongside his shop stewards, Paddy said, “This is the fight of our lives.”

The NSSN will support any action taken by the workers to defend their jobs. We call for the plant to be nationalised, if necessary, to save jobs and communities.

This coming Thursday, the NSSN is organising a solidarity meeting in Swindon to help build support for the workers in their fight to keep the plant open

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Unite: MPs urged to back Save Honda Swindon Early Day Motion

NSSN Solidarity Meeting: ‘Support the Honda workers – stop the plant closure’ – 7pm Thursday April 4th in the Great Western Hotel, 73 Station Rd, Swindon SN1 1DH

Speakers: Rob Williams NSSN national chair & former Unite car convenor and a Honda shop steward

 

 

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Union News

More Unite

Industrial action moves a step closer at Dundee city council (1 April) – Unite the union can today (1 April) confirm members in Dundee city council and Leisure and Culture Dundee have voted overwhelmingly by 92 per cent for industrial action in a consultative ballot. The ballot comes in response to Dundee city council imposing a policy of compulsory redundancies, limiting flexible retirement, and reducing the pay protection for staff moved to lower grade posts without the agreed consultation taking place. In February, the Policy and Resources committee of Dundee city council voted to adopt this new policy. Following the ballot, strike action is now likely unless Dundee city council agrees to reopen the consultation process and withdraw the imposed changes to the terms and conditions of Unite members. Talks will now be sought with Dundee city council and the Leisure Trust. Unite members across the Council including home care workers, construction workers, pupil support workers, refuse collectors, environmental health workers and librarians voted to take industrial action in opposition to cuts in service provision, and to terms and conditions read more

Cumbrian engineering workers to strike for 24 hours in pay dispute (29 March) – Workers at TSP Engineering Ltd in Workington, Cumbria will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday (3 April) in a dispute over a ‘paltry’ pay offer. More than 90 workers, members of Unite will strike at the Curwen Road site from 00.01 on Wednesday. Unite members voted by 90 per cent for strike action and by 96 per cent for industrial action short of a strike, after rejecting a one off £450 payment (in lieu of two per cent back pay from April 2018) and four per cent from April 2019 read more

Unite secures victory in HS2 overtime and holiday scandal (29 March) – Unite, the construction union, has secured agreement ending the scandal of workers on HS2 being denied the correct overtime rates and deprived of the correct holiday entitlement. The affected workers will also receive substantial back pay. Earlier this week (Tuesday 26 March) Unite revealed that it had obtained multiple payslips from workers employed by labour supplier Bowercross Construction Ltd (BCL) on the Euston HS2 contract being undertaken by the Costain/Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV), which demonstrated that workers were not being paid the correct overtime rates and not receiving the correct holiday entitlement. Unite estimates that the failure to pay the correct overtime rates meant that workers were on average being underpaid by over £100 a week. Following a meeting yesterday (27 March) with CSJV, the company has committed to immediately begin paying the correct overtime rates and to increase the holiday entitlement as set out in the ‘framework agreement’ which agreed between unions and HS2 in April 2016 to ensure good working relationships throughout the project read more

Choppy waters ahead as seafarers strike for the first time in 500 years at Trinity House (29 March) – The first pay strike by seamen working for Trinity House in more than 500 years is set to launch on Wednesday (3 April). The seafarers, members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union who have a key role in maintaining safety in British waters, are taking strike action after seven years of below inflation pay rises, or no increases at all. Unite has 34 members working on three lighthouse tenders – Galatea and Alert based in Harwich, Essex and the Patricia whose home port is Swansea, south Wales. Its 20 members at Harwich will walk out for 24 hours from 14:00 on 3 April in a move the union described as ‘a shot across the bows’ of the management at Trinity House Lighthouse Services (Corporation of Trinity House Deptford Strond) read more

Southampton hospital security staff strikes to go ahead as talks over lack of correct protective equipment break down (27 March) – Security staff at Southampton General Hospital, who are being attacked in the A&E department, will go ahead with eight days of strike action after talks over the provision of protective equipment broke down. Unite said today (Wednesday 27 March) that talks broke down yesterday (Tuesday 26 March) as the employer Mitie Security Ltd was unable to give sufficient guarantees about the introduction of protective gear. The talks, under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas, also encompassed pay rates and sick pay. No further talks are planned. Unite said that the first of the eight days of strikes at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is set to go ahead on Friday 5 April read more

Newcastle hospitals’ maintenance staff to ballot for strike action in work/life balance dispute (27 March) – More than 30 maintenance staff at Newcastle’s hospitals will be balloted for strike action in a work/life balance row, Unite said today (Wednesday 27 March). Unite said that NHS bosses had failed to provide convincing evidence for the changes in shift working for its members that, the union warns, could endanger patient safety. Thirty-five electricians, engineers, plumbers, maintenance assistants and supervisors employed by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Dental Hospital and Freeman Hospital, will start balloting for strike action over the shift changes on Monday 1 April. The ballot closes on Thursday 11 April read more

Strike dates announced at Angus council (27 March) – Unite the union today (27 March) has announced the scheduled days of industrial action at Angus council. Unite members by 92 per cent on a turnout of 87.2 per cent voted for strike action last week. The dispute centres on Angus council imposing changes to the terms and conditions of 140 staff who work in Environmental Services. From April 2019, household waste will be collected from 06:00 until 22:00 which will mean that workers will be required to move to a day shift/back shift work pattern. Unite members have raised concerns about the dangers of operating the service safely and effectively, and the negative impact that these changes will have on work-life balance. The strike action, which will include a ban on overtime and work to rule, will take place from April until late June 2019. The first days of industrial action will take place from 00:01 hours on 8 April 2019 concluding at 23:59 hours on 12th April 2019. A series of 48 hour stoppages will commence at 00:01 hours on:

  • 15, 22, 29 April 2019
  • 6, 13, 20, 27 May 2019
  • 3, 10, 17, 24 June 2019 read more

 

PCS

Support the PCS national pay strike ballot – PCS: All you need to know about the pay ballot and how to vote

Voting to end poverty pay in courts (2 Apr) – PCS is balloting members working for G4S and MITIE on a HMCTS security and cleaning contract over the failure to meet our demands on pay and terms and conditions. PCS launched a campaign in G4S and Mitie for members working on the HM Courts and Tribunals Service contract with the aim of achieving improved terms and conditions including an end to poverty pay, increased holiday, sick pay from day one and PCS recognition for all employees on the contract. The ballot will open on Monday 8 April and close on 29 April.  Members are being asked if they will take part in strike action.  Such action could result in courts being closed and hearings being cancelled read more

BEIS outsourcing strikes (8-10 April) – BEIS London and South PCS branch is the trade union representing outsourced workers at the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Our members have been taking strike action since the start of the year demanding a real living wage of £10.55 per hour (the Living Wage Foundation’s London Living Wage) and Ts&Cs comparable with civil servants who work in the same department. These workers are on poverty pay – paid below what the independent Living Wage Foundation calculates you need to earn to live in London – and deserve a pay rise. BEIS and their cut-price contractors Aramark and ISS have refused to meet even this first of our demands. The outsourced workers have been on strike three times to demand a fair wage, and are determined to continue strike action until they win. So on 8 – 10 April our Aramark members (catering) will walkout on strike for 3 days. Our members are determined to stay strong in the face of intimidating behaviour by their employer (threatening redundancies) and threats to their PCS Representatives. We invite you to all come and show your solidarity with the strikers as they fight for their rights against a unscrupulous employer and an indifferent Government Department, Details for the pickets:

– Monday 8 April – 7am – 10:30am outside BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET;

– Tuesday – watch this space for a surprise; and

– Wednesday 10 April – 12noon – 14:00 outside BEIS Facebook event

Vote in the Interserve FCO strike ballot (1 Apr) – PCS members employed by beleaguered contractor Interserve at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are balloting for strike action following the company’s refusal to negotiate over redundancies, job cuts and attacks on sick pay. A catalogue of issues concerning the cash-strapped company ranging from cutting sick pay, to staff being tracked by GPS, redundancies and non-recognition of our union has driven our members working in the Foreign Office headquarters in London to ballot for strike action. The ballot which opened on Monday (25) finishes on 15 April read more

Save Ealing tax office action steps up this week (1 Apr) – Action by PCS members determined to save Ealing tax office and their jobs steps up this week with a one day strike on Wednesday, 3 April which follows two previous half-day strikes. Picket lines will be in place at International House from 8am and any support for the picket lines and strike will be welcome. International House could close as early as 2020, putting many staff at risk of redundancy as part of HMRC’s misnamed Building Our Future proposals which will see 90% of HMRC offices closed and replaced by fewer than 20 ‘regional centres and specialist sites’. Messages of support can be sent to saveealingtaxoffice@gmail.com and you can donate to the PCS Fighting Fund read more

The following action is planned:

  • a second half-day strike commencing at noon on 26 March
  • a one-day strike on 3 April
  • a 3-day strike commencing on 10 April

 

RMT

RMT to ballot Royal Navy lifeline workers for action in fight for “fair pay for the RFA” (2 April) – Maritime union RMT confirmed today that it has served notice and has begun the balloting process for industrial action involving nearly 700 workers at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – the Royal Navy supply lifeline – in a fight for pay justice. Despite repeated efforts by the union to reach a negotiated solution the employers have instead opted to impose a 1.5% increase, undermining the living standards of a crucial group of workers who have seen service in major trouble spots, including the Falklands and the Gulf, at huge personal risk. As well as announcing the balloting timetable – which will run for nearly two months due to members being on-board ship on tours of duty and unable to register a postal vote that complies with the Tory anti-union laws – RMT is also launching a “Fair Pay for RFA” campaign to mobilise public and political support for a group of workers who are crucial to the safety and security of the nation. The ballot will close on 30th May. In a referendum ballot of members over the derisory 1.5% offer 95% voted to oppose, signalling the strength of feeling amongst the workforce as we now move to into a formal industrial action ballot read more

London Overground Vinci Cleaners to take 48 Hour strike action on 4-6 April – Rail union RMT today has announced that members working on the London Overground for Vinci as cleaners on the Arriva Rail Contract will take a further 48-hour strike action next month after voting overwhelmingly for strike action over pay and conditions.

The union has instructed members:

  • Not to sign on for any shifts commencing between 21:00 hours on Thursday 4th April 2019 and 20:59 hours on Saturday 6th April 2019.

The cleaners, who formerly worked for Carillion before its collapse and were transferred to outsourcing company Vinci, will also mount a mass demonstration outside Arriva Rail London’s head office in Swiss Cottage on April 5 at 10.00am read more

 

TSSA

Unanimous Backing For Industrial Action at Arriva Northern (29 March) – TSSA has won unanimous backing from members in a ballot among Depot Shift Managers (DSM’s) at Arriva Rail Northern in a dispute over excessive workload and unpaid additional tasks. The results of the ballot showed a one hundred per cent return, with one hundred per cent in favour of strike action and unanimity also on the question of action short of a strike. The company has been informed and TSSA will now review a proposal made by Arriva last week before taking further steps read more

TSSA & DB Cargo Talks Over Freight Strike Threat (28 March) – TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has held “constructive talks” with the CEO of DB Cargo, Hans-Georg Werner, to try and avert a damaging strike that will bring UK’s rail freight to a halt. DB Cargo is offloading jobs to haulage company Maritime who are currently refusing to recognise our members’ right to retain their union status when they transfer. The two sides have agreed to continue discussions over the coming days, but TSSA has been clear with the company – the dispute remains in place read more

Strike Dates Announced for Córas Iompair Éireann (28 March) – TSSA has written to Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE) this week (Monday) to notify the company of their intention to strike during April and May. TSSA members working in CIE will be on strike on Friday 12th April, Thursday 18thApril (Maundy Thursday) and Friday 3rd May 2019. The union has been in dispute with CIE since the company refused to accept a Labour Court recommendation over pay. Members of the TSSA voted by 97% in favour of strike action in March but the company has refused to budge read more

 

Unison

Care Strike Set to Continue as AFG Managers Walk Away from Talks Again (26 Mar) – Acas talks had been due to take place today (Tuesday). Care support workers employed by Alternative Futures Group (AFG) are in dispute with their employer over cuts to sleep-in top-up payments.  The staff are paid little more than the minimum wage and stand to lose thousands of pounds a year. AFG have reduced the payments despite there being no cut in the funding they receive from council commissioners for sleep-ins. So far, the industrial action has involved a 48 hour strike and a seven day ban on sleep-in shifts. Now, AFG have refused to meet with care support workers and their union UNISON for Acas talks aimed to resolve the dispute.  AFG have set a precondition for the talks that the next round of planned industrial action, due to begin on Friday 5 April, should be withdrawn read more

Support the striking Birmingham homecare workers – Please send messages of support and donations to Unison Birmingham branch, 46 The Priory Queensway Birmingham  B4 7LR. Email info@birminghamunison.co.uk    Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/birminghamunison/

 

FBU

High Court rules additional payments for firefighters are pensionable (1 April) – The High Court has ruled that firefighters are entitled to increased pensions if they earn additional allowances for working extended hours or additional duties, in a landmark case that could have huge implications for firefighters. The court found that allowances for training and for additional shift arrangements are pensionable, in a major victory for the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Firefighters in Wales who won their cases on Friday, are regularly paid an additional allowance for working additional anti-social hours in the Fire Authority’s training school or for accepting shift systems up to 42 hours longer than the standard contracted hours read more

 

NEU

Well-supported strike against cuts at Bradfield school, Sheffield – On Tuesday night, 200 parents packed a public meeting in support of National Education Union (NEU) teachers from Bradfield school in Sheffield, striking to defend their jobs and in defence of education. The meeting listened to teachers, students and parents opposing the cuts which will see the closure of the sixth form, an increase in class sizes, the loss of 15 teaching posts and a restructuring of the school curriculum that will limit students’ choices…On Wednesday morning, around 80 pickets and their supporters, including parents and students, gathered at the school gates from 6.30am read more

Solidarity with Valentine Primary School striking to stop school cuts – Southampton council, have told the school it must make significant cuts to its budget, which has forced the school to announce proposals to make redundancies to teaching and support staff. NEU members are on strike again this week, Tuesday to Thursday

Southampton NEU members at Valentine are calling on Southampton Council to:

  • Address a funding gap caused by a situation where the school has on its roll a disproportionate number of children with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). There are 4.2% of pupils with an EHCP compared to a national average of 1.8%. The situation has arisen due to the lack of alternative suitable SEN provision in the city. The school has to meet the first 20% of these additional costs.
  • Remove the funding cap associated with the minimum funding guarantee.
  • Restore £648,000 to the schools budget lost though this underfunding.
  • Accept the school’s deficit reduction plan including no further cuts for three years.

Please send messages of support to soto.fffas@gmail.com and post solidarity pictures and messages of support on Hands Off Valentine Facebook Page

 

EIS

EIS members have voted overwhelmingly to accept a new pay proposal from the Scottish Government – EIS members have been voting on the new proposal, which includes a compounded pay increase of 13.51% over three years, for the past three weeks. The ballot closed at noon today, with 98% of EIS members voting in favour of the proposal on a turnout of 76%. The EIS has been campaigning for a significant pay rise for Scotland’s teachers for over a year, as part of the union’s Value Education, Value Teachers campaign. Members rejected two previous offers in ballots and, in October last year, over 30,000 teachers and supporters marched through Glasgow in support of the EIS pay campaign. The EIS had been set to move towards industrial action but, following the latest proposal from the Scottish Government, instead opened the ballot on the new offer with a recommendation to accept. EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “The EIS launched the Value Education, Value Teachers campaign in January last year, with the aim of securing a fair pay settlement for Scotland’s teachers.The campaign has been a significant success and has now secured an improved proposal that will increase teachers’ pay by at least 10% by this April, compared to current salary scales. Our members have given their overwhelming backing to this proposal, so the EIS will now move to formally conclude an agreement.” Read more

 

POA

POA claim victory as HMP Birmingham is returned to the public sector (1 Apr) – The POA today stated the announcement that HMP Birmingham will be returned to the public sector is a major success for the Union.HMP Birmingham was privatised in 2011 with a 15 year contract being awarded to G4S. Today, the Government announced that it would remain in public sector ownership permanently, after the contract with G4S was ended and the prison handed back to the public sector.National Chair of the POA, Mark Fairhurst commented:The announcement today that HMP Birmingham is to be returned where it rightfully belongs, within the public sector prison service, heralds a success for the POA and its membership. We have campaigned tirelessly since it was wrongly privatised in 2011 to have it returned to the state read more

 

CWU

Full union recognition for outsourced BT Facilities Services workers (March 28) – A comprehensive union recognition agreement will ensure continuing first-class representation for approximately 1,000 security and housekeeping employees set to be ‘TUPEd’ from BT Facilities Services to service provider ISS on April 1 read more

 

BECTU

Read the latest about the Picturehouse dispute on Brixton Ritzy Facebook Page and those of Hackney, Crouch End, Central, Dulwich East and Duke of York Brighton

Donate to the Picturehouse Cinema strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

 

NUJ

NUJ condemns Turkish authorities over detention of British journalist (1 April) – The NUJ has put out a statement in support of the Morning Star’s international editor who was arrested and deported from Turkey when he entered the country to cover the local elections. Steve Sweeney has been since trolled on social media by supporters of the Turkish government who threatened to chop off his head. In a report in the Morning Star, Steve recounted how he was picked up by police shortly after landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gockcen airport read more

Journalists at Vice UK seek union recognition (29 March) – NUJ members at Vice UK have written to the company seeking union recognition. The union said it welcomed the growth in NUJ membership at the company and was supporting the chapel in organising talks to gain recognition, which would give the journalists the right to negotiate pay and other conditions with the management read more

 

 

 

 

Other news

Hackney Trades Council’s Low Pay campaign Public meeting with Amy Murphy President of USDAW this Tuesday 2 April 7.00pm at Hackney CVS, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ (two minutes from Dalston Junction)

 

Donate to the film: ‘Wapping – the workers’ story’ – During the 1986 battle between News International and the print trade unions, the strikers were sustained by the solidarity of thousands of workers in the UK and abroad. In this country, 50 Print Workers’ Support Groups were set up, some of them directly linked to local Trades Councils which played a key role, organising public meetings, raising money to sustain the strikers and picketing sites connected with News International.

We are now appealing to Trades Councils and others for donations towards the completion of: ‘Wapping – the workers’ story’ a film about the momentous year-long industrial dispute which began when Rupert Murdoch plotted to move production of his papers overnight from central London’s Fleet Street to a secretly equipped and heavily guarded plant at Wapping, a docklands district in east London.

5,500 men and women lost their jobs and centuries of tradition in one of London’s last manufacturing industries came to an end.

Military-style police tactics, the use of new laws which shackled the unions’ hard won freedoms and strike-breaking organised by the electricians union led to a Murdoch victory.

The dispute had international ramifications for Murdoch’s expanding press and broadcasting empire in the United States and around the world.

It took place as the Thatcher government broke with the post-war consensus and embraced monetarism – deregulating finance, privatising key industries and undermining local democracy.

You can watch the film’s TRAILER here: https://vimeo.com/311110278

Ken Loach has written this about the film: ‘We need to know the story of the print workers’ battle against Murdoch. We can understand our enemies and see our strengths. Chris Reeves is a fine film maker and a true friend of the workers movement. I know this film will be good and necessary. Please help get it made.’

Ann Field (retired Unite print sector national officer and a founder member of the News International Dispute‎ Archive) said: ‘From the 1980s conspiracy to get rid of an entire workforce of 5,500 workers to the notorious phone hacking and corruption scandals 30 years later – this film exposes the deep-seated and enduring immorality at the heart of the Murdoch-led News International empire.  Please help to finance the completion of this film to ensure a wider audience learns of the impact on the workers, their unions and the media.’

Tony Burke (Unite Assistant General Secretary ) said: ‘During the dispute between the print unions and Rupert Murdoch’s News International in 1986 the media provided only fragments of the ‎real issues at stake and virtually nothing of the effects on the sacked workers, their families and our unions. Only a small number newspapers supported our members.

Unite are proud to be associated with this film to tell the real story of the workers’ struggle with Murdoch, the police, the Tory Government and the right wing media.

Your donation and support will help to ensure the film is completed and the voices of working people and those directly involved is available to set the record straight.’

The documentary is being made with the News International Dispute Archive group whose  publications, website and travelling exhibition have given a voice to the sacked workers and their families.

We have filmed 20 interviews with sacked printworkers and the ‘refusenik’ journalists who joined them, and have made a rough cut of the film. But we need £ 20,500 (£4,000 for editing, £2,500 for on-line editing, and £14,000 for archive material transfers and copyright clearance).

We would appreciate any support you can provide. All donors will receive a DVD and be credited in the final film.

Yours fraternally,

Chris Reeves – Platform Films

You can donate on our website: http://www.platformfilms.co.uk

Or cheques, made out to Platform Films, can be sent to:

Platform Films, Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU

 

 

 

 

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Blacklisted t-shirts available at: https://shop.hopenothate.org.uk/component/hikashop/product/78-blacklisted-t-shirt

Book: http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNcgrNs6pB8

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

 

 

 

International

Appeal for solidarity with striking postal workers in Serbia

There is a strike of postal workers in Serbia. It started on Friday 22 March in the main sorting office in Belgrade and by now has spread across the country.

The worker’s demands are:

– Pay increased to the national average;

– An increase in staffing;

– No victimisation of strikers.

The dispute is about wages which are at the same level as six years ago, but in real terms lower by 30%. At around 300 Euros a month they are much below the Serbian average, which is among the lowest in Europe – around 450 Euros a month. Strike action puts the workers in a desperate position financially.

Only 150 workers work on the night shift in the busy sorting office in Belgrade and workload is a massive issue.

All postal workers will know that even with good conditions this can be a demanding job, but with so few workers the job becomes unbearable. It is obvious that the employer is trying to save money by employing fewer workers.

Real fury arose when the Post Office director recently splashed almost a million Euros on luxury company cars for her cronies, showing that the Post Office doesn’t lack money. Anger at this served as the immediate spark for the strike.

Postal workers have been suffering for years. Last year they were involved in numerous protests and a few limited strike actions. This strike promises to be the biggest struggle so far. Workers are organising supported by unions active in the Post Office (Samostalni Sindikat Poštanskih Radnika – Independent Union of Postal Workers). All workers have already been threatened with dismissals because of the strike action. They are however saying they will not back down until their demands are met. The demands are; a wage rise to national average, more workers employed at skilled and demanding jobs and withdrawal of threats of dismissals.

It is of immense importance that the strike succeeds. It would be a first major victory for workers for a long time – stretching decades – and as such would mark a turning point in the workers’ and trade union struggle in Serbia.

The Serbian Post Office is still under state ownership, but workers believe that management is preparing for privatisation in the future.

Messages of support from trade unionists internationally can be a big boost to workers in Serbia.

Messages of support from trade unionists internationally can be a big boost to workers in Serbia

Send messages to: natasa22.rs@gmail.com

Please copy: miraglav@live.co.uk

 

 

 

Diary

 

2019

April

4 NSSN Solidarity Meeting: ‘Support the Honda workers – stop the plant closure’ – 7pm Thursday April 4th in the Great Western Hotel, 73 Station Rd, Swindon SN1 1DH

Speakers: Rob Williams NSSN national chair & former Unite car convenor and a Honda shop steward

 

July

6 NSSN Conference Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Facebook event

 

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