SOAS cleaners strike again!

March 21, 2014 in News, Strikes, Uncategorized

Unison members working for outsourced cleaning company ISS at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have again been on strike today. The strikers, many of them migrant workers are demanding the same terms and conditions such as sick pay and other benefits enjoyed by in-house workers. They and their supporters are also calling for them to be brought in-house and work for SOAS directly.  This is the 3rd day of strike action after a two day strike two weeks ago. The workers received tremendous support from college workers, students and other trade unionists who attended the picket line […]

NSSN 171: All out to defend education

December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

On 3 December university and college workers took successful strike action. This strike day involves UCU, Unison and Unite members working in universities who struck on 31 October, now joined by further education (FE) members of UCU in England and higher education (HE) members of EIS in Scotland. In HE, the employers’ organisation UCEA returned to negotiations with the unions, but did not improve on the initial pay offer of 1% that triggered the dispute. Rattled by the 31 October strike, they have asked the individual employers to impose 1%. University workers are fully aware, however, that their employers have multi-million-pound surpluses and reserves […]

Get Planning for November – NSSN Lobby of the TUC

September 12, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Uncategorized, Video

When we arrived in Bournemouth, I really felt like just getting my shoes off and feeling the sand between my toes and listen to the waves rush towards me.. But me and 8 other members, mostly reps, of our Unite LE1111 branch chose to join the NSSN rally & lobby the TUC for co-ordinated action.(Have a look at the short but excellent video of the indoor rally and outdoor protest, well worth watching & SHARING (Click here to the Video) It’s not that we haven’t got enough to do, but it’s precisely because we have so much on fighting dispute after […]

Unite battle for recognition at Yorkshire Ambulance Trust

September 3, 2013 in News, Protest, Uncategorized

Hi Colleagues   First of all a big thank you to all those that turned up to the protest this morning at YAS (Yorkshire Ambulance Service) Trust HQ. We had over 40 people plus a blow up rat at the entrance.   The whole idea was to demonstrate that we have not gone away and our dispute remains alive. Two people gained entry to the meeting and along with a person representing GMB questions were asked regards de-recognition. The answer was that we were not constructive enough at the beginning of the process. In other words we didn’t play ball […]

Yorkshire Shop Stewards Network conference report

November 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Yorkshire Shop Stewards Network conference held in Leeds on Saturday 24th November was attended by 45 delegates from 14 different trade unions from Hull, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, York, Harrogate and West Yorkshire. The theme of the day was “Fighting Cuts and Privatisation, Build for a One Day General Strike, Bring down the Con-Dem government”. Opening the conference, teaching assistant Vicky Perrin (Unison NEC personal capacity) explained how the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has developed over the last 7 years and the need to now develop a regional network. First speaker up was Andrea Busfield, a striking medical secretary form […]

Thousands March to defend NHS in Lewisham

November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Martin Powell-Davies NUT NEC and NSSN steering committee Over ten thousand demonstrators marched thorough a rainy Lewisham this afternoon in a tremendous display of community opposition to the plans to close the A&E and other services at Lewisham Hospital. The chants of “We won’t die for the PFI” summed up what these cuts are all about – protecting the PFI contractors’ profits at the expense of public health and healthworkers’ livelihoods. See short video: http://youtu.be/Wd-dJT1wyBo NUT members helped boost the numbers after an email was sent to teachers working right across South-East London to call on them to support the demonstration. In a meeting […]

118 – Workers of the World Unite!

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 In just one week, we can’t even to begin to report & reflect on what’s going on industrially or politically that is affecting us, or will affect us if we don’t fight together and find the best strategy which will push back this government, and their links and interests in big business which is still rich and growing richer. So our apologies in advance, but if you have short reports please send them to us to info@shopstewards.net. Also post your campaign reports, dispute updates, ideas or question on our facebook pages and tweet at us and with us! Thanks to […]

Stop the Fire Station closures!

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Simon Chapman, Fire Brigades Union secretary, London Borough of Southwark, has posted an excellent detailed report of what the proposed £65 million cuts to frontline fire services will mean for community fire services in London in the TUSC ISN blog. Seventeen London fire stations – Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, New Cross, Peckham, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster, Whitechapel, Woolwich – are threatened with closure. But the closure of these stations only saves £25 million –  a long way short of the £65 million that Boris is demanding. The LFB have produced projections of what a larger […]

Save our Community Services!

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

On Monday  19th November at Coopers Hill we held a successful Public Meeting, with 30 people attending. The purpose of the meeting was to publicise the Peoples Consultation and to explain our opposition to the PCT Consultation which is urging people to support proposals to close services at Heatherwood Hospital. Speakers from the platform outlined the reasons for opposing the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit, the Rehab. Ward and the Birthing Centre. Chaired by Val Pearce from DOCS the speakers were Margery Thorogood, Spike Humphrey and Terry Pearce all members of Save Heatherwood Hospital Campaign, the speakers were from […]

Fight the Facility time attacks!

November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Workers in the Civil Service are facing an unprecedented attack with pensions, pay, jobs, public services and terms & conditions all under threat.  It surely can’t be coincidence that the government chooses this time to launch proposals to restrict the ability of Civil Service unions to organise in the workplace. Under the ‘Facility Time Framework’ released by the Cabinet Office this month the ability of Civil Service reps to take paid facility time will be drastically reduced and will be restricted to a cap of 0.1% of the pay bill.  The framework states that the default position should be that […]