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 […]

VIDEO: Greek trade unionist Harris Sideris at NSSN 2015

July 5, 2015 in International, Strikes, Video

Closing the National Shop Stewards Network 9th Annual conference, special guest speaker, the Greek trade union activist Harris Sideris, explained how trade unionists were fighting back in Greece. The packed NSSN conference, held at Conway Hall in London Saturday 4 July, heard Harris demand that the Greek people should not pay for the crisis of the bosses. Harris is a member of the trade union rank and file committee of the contract workers who was sacked by Vodafone for organising in his workplace, and a member of Xekinima, a section of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI). He demanded […]

Brazilian water worker sacked: urgent solidarity needed

March 17, 2015 in Appeals, International

The NSSN has just received this request for urgent solidarity:   BRAZIL – Urgent solidarity protests needed.   Faced with lack of water for people, Sabesp cuts costs, sacks more than 500 workers and victimises trade union activists.   NO TO REDUNDANCIES AND VICTIMISATION AT SABESP!   For the immediate re-employment of Marzeni Pereira and all sacked workers! Sack Alckmin not the workers’!   The management of Sabesp (the massive Sao Paulo water and waste disposal company) and Sao Paulo state governor, Geraldo Alckmin on Monday 16th March formally announced the sacking of  workers including comrade Marzeni Pereira (in attached […]

From Italy: solidarity to London bus workers!

January 14, 2015 in International

We workers in local public transport and from the National Coordinating Committee of Local Public Transport Workers would like to express our full solidarity with your struggle. In Italy we are experiencing the same problems.  Our national contract has not been renewed for years, our wages have stagnated and governments of all political persuasion carry out policies of cuts and privatisation at the expense of workers. In September some of us participated in a video conference with a Greek transport worker who explained to us how public transport in Athens is being dismantled. We believe that international solidarity between workers […]

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. […]

Soma miners solidarity appeal. Letter of protest to Turkish government

May 15, 2014 in Appeals, International

Dear Friend, I am writing to ask for your support for the coal miners who recently lost their lives in Soma, Turkey. I urge you to read this email and send the attached statement to Turkish Government Officials stated at the bottom of this email. At least 245 coal miners have lost their lives in the western town of Soma, Turkey, after an explosion caused a pit to collapse. Dozens of miners have injured, 4 of which are in critical condition. Hundreds are still trapped underground, 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance. Soma Kömürleri AŞ privately owns the mine. The explosion occurred during […]

NSSN condolences to victims of Soma mine disaster

May 14, 2014 in International

The National Shop Stewards Network sends its condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the hundreds of miners killed or feared dead in what will inevitably be Turkey’s worst ever mining disaster. As reports come in and events unfurl, our anger is added to those of workers in Turkey that such a horrendous incident could happen in the 21st century. Turkish miners have long raised concerns about and campaigned for improved safety in the region and this tragedy has sadly confirmed they were right to do so. Until further news about the causes of the disaster is available and […]

VIDEO: The War of the Ports

April 10, 2014 in International, Protest, Strikes, Video

“The War of Ports” is the result of a set of European dockworkers testimonials about the solidarity international movement with the port of Lisbon. Taken from the Estivadores Solidariedade YouTube channel.

Solidarity Appeal – Justice for Berkin Elvan

March 13, 2014 in Appeals, International, News, Protest

The AKP government in Turkey has continued its violence against trade unions political parties and social groups. This was graphically demonstrated in the attacks against mourners at the funeral of Berkin Elvan. Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT), an organisation supported by the NSSN has issued an appeal for solidarity with those facing state violence and intimidation. Please take the time to read the covering letter and leaflet below. Messages of protest can be sent to the email addresses listed on the leaflet. The NSSN sends its full solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters in Turkey. To […]

NSSN 178 – Tubeworkers strike back! 1st day strike reports

February 5, 2014 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Strikes

READ 1ST DAY STRIKE REPORTS FROM NSSN WEBSITE   From Bob Crow RMT General Secretary to RMT members:- Dear Colleagues STRIKE ROCK SOLID! EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND The strike action that began last night has been rock solid and this has meant the London Underground network has effectively been closed down. This isn’t a boast but a fact which can leave LUL in no doubt of the determination of RMT members to put a stop to their disastrous plans to cut nearly 1000 jobs and close ticket offices. RMT members have spoken with their feet […]