NSSN Bulletin 147: A Tale of Two Disputes

June 20, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Press Releases, Protest, Reports, Strikes

  Strike action is taking place in a number of different area’s this week but it’s worthwhile reporting on two different disputes. The first is the dispute involving the Cityclean GMB members employed by Brighton and Hove City Council who have been ‘offered’ pay cuts. At a meeting of Brighton’s Policy and Resources Committee on 24th January 2013, Green and Conservative Councillors forced through a measure* which authorised Council officers to implement a ‘modernised pay and conditions package’. Since then Council officers have been in negotiations over the proposals with the recognised trade unions. At a meeting that took place […]

Union members to lobby TUC to name the date for a general strike

April 23, 2013 in Press Releases

A union rank and file organisation will be lobbying the TUC General Council on April 24th for the TUC to name the date for a 24 hour general strike against the ConDem austerity offensive. As the Financial Times reports today (‘Unions split over call for 24 hour general strike’ – April 3rd), the leaders of the trade unions will be meeting this month to discuss the idea of a general strike. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) which was iniated by the RMT in 2006, welcomes this debate but will be calling for them to set a date for such […]

PRESS RELEASE – Union members to lobby TUC to name the date for a general strike

April 3, 2013 in Press Releases, Strikes

A union rank and file organisation will be lobbying the TUC General Council on April 24th for the TUC to name the date for a 24 hour general strike against the ConDem austerity offensive. As the Financial Times reports today (‘Unions split over call for 24 hour general strike’ – April 3rd), the leaders of the trade unions will be meeting this month to discuss the idea of a general strike. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) welcomes this debate but will be calling for them to set a date for such mass action. The NSSN organised a 1000-strong lobby […]

Solidarity with PCS striking on Budget day!

March 19, 2013 in Press Releases, Reports, Strikes

As the CONDEM government look to further shift wealth to the rich and leave more and more of us literally gasping for breath as we try to make ends meet, we are proud to express our support and solidarity with the PCS members who will be taking strike action tomorrow over pay, pensions and terms and conditions. The government has refused to negotiate so more action is planned on the 5th of April with half day walkouts.  When the chancellor stands up to deliver his budget, PSC members will be protesting across the UK, with rallies including one just meters away, outside Parliament from […]

TUC Name the day for a General strike – Lobby 24th April

March 15, 2013 in Press Releases, Reports, Strikes

NSSN to lobby TUC General Council on Wednesday April 24th – from 8.30am outside TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has called a lobby of the TUC General Council on April 24th. The NSSN has been campaigning for the maximum co-ordinated strike action to stop the cuts. The NSSN will be lobbying this meeting of the union leaders for them to name the date for a 24 hour general strike. We organised a lobby of the TUC conference last September which brought up to a 1000 union activists to Brighton. We were […]

Reply to ‘The British have no fight in them anymore’

December 10, 2012 in Press Releases, Reports, Strikes

Dear editor Nick Cohen (“The British have no fight in them any more” – 9/12/12) would have us believe that the resistance of working people is next to non-existent in the face of the  ConDem austerity offensive. Nick hasn’t been the first with this pessimistic view. In November 2010, on the eve of George Osborne’s first Autumn Statement which set out his initial cuts target of £81  billion, Jeremy Paxman asked TUC leader Brendan Barber on Newsnight, “Why aren’t British workers like those in Europe?” Paxman was contrasting the TUC’s modest  3,000-strong rally that day with the mass protests and […]

Crossrail ‘blacklist​ing’ probe called fo​r by Unite – press r​elease​

December 6, 2012 in Press Releases, Reports, Strikes

We thought it was worth putting this out in full given the sacking of Frank Morris and others over H&S concerns which NSSN and others have supported. From UNITE: Crossrail ‘blacklisting’ probe called for by Unite   Claims that Crossrail contractors have met with an organisation dedicated to compiling blacklists of construction workers needs to be urgently investigated by London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy. Unite, the largest union in the country, said that it had continuing and serious concerns about how workers are treated by contractors working on the Crossrail scheme – Europe’s largest construction project. In the letter to Peter […]

Stratford Academy: Teachers suspend further strike action

November 30, 2012 in Press Releases, Reports

STRATFORD ACADEMY CONCERNED PARENTS PRESS RELEASE  TEACHERS SUSPEND FURTHER STRIKE ACTION   After nine days of strikes, teachers at Stratford Academy, Newham, have suspended further strike action. Following talks facilitated by ACAS, on Tuesday 27 November, the NUT and NASUWT teachers’ unions and Stratford Academy management agreed a joint press release: “Following constructive talks facilitated by ACAS, all sides have agreed to a process of further discussions to deal with outstanding issues.” The teachers will be reintroducing their unions’ joint national action (short of strike action) measures in opposition to excessive workloads. It was the Academy management’s outrageous demand that […]

NSSN to lobby TUC General Council on December 11th

November 19, 2012 in Press Releases, Reports, Strikes

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is organising a lobby of the TUC General Council when it meets on December 11th. It will assemble from 9.30am at Congress House in Great Russell Street. NSSN national chair Rob Williams said, “Up to a thousand union activists came to our lobby of the TUC conference in Brighton in September to encourage delegates to vote for the POA motion which called on the TUC to consider the practicalities of organising a general strike against the brutal austerity offensive from this government of the rich. The motion was overwhelmingly passed and the idea of […]