400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

NSSN 399: Support the striking Birmingham home care workers

August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Birmingham Council Unison members, who are stepping up their action. This report is from a Birmingham NSSN supporter:- Birmingham home care workers are starting 14 days of discontinuous strike action on 9 August in protest at the Labour council’s attempts to create a completely part-time workforce which would mean that many workers would be unable to pay household bills. If the workers don’t accept either 14, 21 or 22.75 hours contracts they will be made compulsorily redundant. Senior Unison steward Mandy Buckley initially drew up alternative rotas for the staff but senior management refused them because in Mandy’s […]

NSSN 338: Celebrate International Workers Memorial Day and May Day

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Unions and their members will be taking part in events from Friday to Monday and next weekend to celebrate two major events in the workers’ calendar. International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) is this Friday April 28th, and we call on our supporters and affiliates to attend any events in their area as well as May Day protests, rallies and demonstrations which will be taking place over this and next weekend To find IWMD events in your area see TUC website or follow #IWMD17 on twitter Some May Day events are listed below and those in the London, Southern, South […]

Teacher’s strike battles headteacher sacking

December 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Seven members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Listerdale Primary School in Rotherham have taken two days of strike action (2-3 December) against the unjustified suspension of their headteacher. The head was suspended by the Academy Trust in September at 8am one morning without union representation. The reasons for the suspension still haven’t been made clear, even the head himself doesn’t know! Rotherham NUT branch secretary Fred Sprague told me: “The Trust have said its not for safeguarding reasons, he hasn’t run off with the school fund and he can’t impede the investigation because he doesn’t know why […]

Video: #KillTheBill John McDonnell, John McInally, Rob Williams

November 11, 2015 in Protest, Uncategorized, Video

As expected, the Tory Trade Union Bill passed its 3rd reading last night November 10th. It now goes to the Lords. But we must keep up the pressure and prepare for resisting it of it becomes law. A rally organised by the Trade Union Coordinating Group (TUCG) made it clear this attack on trade union rights would not pass without resistance. The rally was addressed by John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer who warned the Bill was “an existential threat to the trade union movement”   Pledging further resistence even if the Bill becomes law, John McInally, Vice President of […]

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: First session of NSSN Conference

July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized, Video

Platform speakers of the first session of the National Shop Stewards Network’s eight annual conference, held in Conway hall, Red Lion Square, London on the 5 July 2014. Speakers were: Peter Pinkney, RMT president Rob Williams, Chair, NSSN Brian Caton, former POA general secretary Janice Godrich, PCS president Ginger Jentzen, a victorious Seattle $15Now campaigner Ronnie Draper, BFAWU general secretary

About the NSSN cards available for printing off

July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Print off these handy cards and use them on picket lines this Thursday A6 Cards – B&W A6 Cards – Colour

Support the EDF workers – striking again!

June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

EDF ENERGY – “EXTREMELY DISHONOURABLE FELLOWS” Unite has come up with this new way to describe the energy company which has failed to honour an agreement made back in 2011. Incredibly, the multi million profit making company now claims that when it signed a pay deal with the Unite trade union in 2011, it had failed to do the sums and consequently realised that it could not afford the associated pension costs! It had also agreed to look at serious pay disparities suffered by workers in the South East region – but now it says it wants the workers to […]

NSSN Conference July 5: “Strike Together for a Pay Rise!”

May 28, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise! The NSSN welcomes the July 10th joint pay strike which could see well over 1million workers taking action together in the biggest strike since N30 2011. We think that this time it should be continued into the autumn and escalated to link up with all those  fighting to […]