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 […]

London Met Unison strike against job cuts

June 25, 2015 in Strikes

Unison members at London Metropolitan University held a day’s strike action today. The strike was called in response to management plans announced in March to slash 165 jobs at the institution. The walkout follows on from a number of days on action short of strike by Unison members. The other union at the University, UCU, is also in dispute with the employers. A rally of striking members was held outside the main campus building on Holloway Road, supported by the local UCU branch as well as Unison members from Islington and Camden Local government as well as a representative from […]

VIDEO: Glasgow Unison rally to defend victimised rep

June 24, 2015 in Protest, Strikes, Video

Brian Smith, Glasgow Unison Branch Secretary, speaking at a rally in Glasgow’s historic George’s Square. The march and rally was called to support the Glasgow Homlessness Caseworkers strike, now into it’s 13 week and Robert O’Donnell. Robert was sacked by the management of the Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) for attempting to organise the union. Please send messages of support to enquiries@glasgowcityunison.co.uk

London bus strike in video and pictures

January 13, 2015 in News, Strikes, Video

Bus workers in Unite in London are taking historic strike action today – for one rate for the job across all 18 companies. Strikers know this might have to be just the start and are ready for a big fight, but what a start! Picket lines of 70, 100 and more, maintained all day. And the roads – gridlock before dawn. London mayor Boris Johnson claims a third of the service is running but that’s complete rubbish – reports around the picket lines are that only 10% of the service is running, if that. Public support is really high – […]

VIDEO: NSSN message to the TUC general council

December 12, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes, Video

VIDEO: FBU Aylesbury demo: Reinstate Ricky Matthews

December 10, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes, Video

Over 1,000 fire-fighters from across the UK gathered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for a national demonstration on 9 December, their latest day of strike action over pensions. FBU national executive rep Ricky Matthews was employed by Buckinghamshire Fire Authority. He was sacked for taking part in the last round of strikes. The demonstration was a massive show of support for Ricky Matthews and Bucks FBU members.

Fire fighters march to demand reinstatement of Ricky Matthews

December 9, 2014 in News, Strikes

Over 1,000 fire-fighters from across the UK gathered in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, for a national demonstration on 9 December, their latest day of strike action over pensions. Banners could be seen from Northern Ireland, Devon, Hull and London, among many others. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) national executive rep Ricky Matthews was employed by Buckinghamshire Fire Authority. He was sacked for taking part in the last round of strikes. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “We are here because we are not giving up on the pensions strike. We are sending a very clear message that this union doesn’t allow people to be […]

800 walk out at Jacobs biscuit factory in Liverpool

November 24, 2014 in News, Strikes

Around 800 GMB members at Jacobs biscuits in Liverpool took strike action on Sunday over bullying by management at the plant. Betty who is the GMB branch secretary said ‘Over the past two years there has been no meaningful negotiations over changes to work practices and that consultation meetings are no more than management telling the unions what is going to happen.’ The mood of the pickets was buoyant and they received great support from passing motorists honking on horns. Another worker on picket line said ‘Workers here have always been willing to discuss changes and there have been many […]

Crane drivers tell HTC “It’s time to pay up!”

November 7, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes

Hundreds of crane drivers from the UCATT construction union picketed building sites in London and around the country this morning in a dispute over pay with HTC Plant Limited. Workers had voted 94% in favour of strike action and 94.6% in favour of industrial action short of strike action. The turnout was in excess of 80%. There was a mass picket outside the Nova Square site in Victoria which saw concrete drivers refusing to cross picket lines. Drivers are furious that after years of pay freezes and even wage cuts, they have only been offered 3% when the all the […]

St. Mungo’s strike & Appeal

October 15, 2014 in News, Strikes

Unite members at the homelessness charity St Mungos Broadway will strike for an initial seven days from Friday 17th October.  A new executive, installed following a recent merger, has imposed changes to staff terms with what they call “retrospective consultation”.  They have announced their intention to stop negotiating with Unite on pay while the new boss talks of the possibility of working with notorious private contractors such as Serco.   A packed members meeting voted unanimously for the seven day strike following a ballot in which a massive 95.8% voted to strike on a 68% turnout. There are just under […]