It’s official. Making young
people work for nothing is NOT slavery! Last week, a high court
judge dismissed the case of a post-graduate, who had contested being
forced to sweep floors and stack shelves 5 hours a day 5 days a week
in Poundland without pay in order not to lose her Job Seekers
Allowance – her only source of income. He said that this government
initiative was in no way to be compared to the colonial oppression
of empire. Iain Duncan Smith, Tory Secretary of State for “slavery
and pension cuts”, piled in too, rubbishing this courageous young
woman’s challenge as “ridiculous… and insulting to people who
face real oppression”!!!
So, all the bosses in companies
from local sweatshops to big multinationals have now got legal
backing to use the labour of a million 16-25 year olds for
absolutely nothing. Is the threat of being deprived of a grudging
£53.45 a week Job Seekers Allowance not real oppression? Is living
in poverty while the richest 1% wallow in luxury not real
oppression? Are the bosses not using the same tactics as in the age
of colonial slavery, but just accommodated to twenty-first century
conditions? We say this IS slavery!
The TUC, recognising that the
desperate situation of youth is a social time-bomb, want young
people to head the mass demonstration on October 20th.
And quite right too. But marching behind union banners is only a
start and many young people have taken part in protests over the EMA
and tuition fees and know it was important to march, but not enough.
The trade union movement needs to harness the energies of all of our
communities to fight for a real change in conditions – starting with
a living wage for all.
NSSN urges all
trade unionists to campaign in their unions to make the next step a
24-hour general strike against austerity.
NSSN calls on all young people to be part of the working class
fight to sweep away the slavery - and the wage slavery - of the
capitalist system. Come to the Lobby of the TUC on September 9th
in Brighton. (LINDA
TAAFFE NSSN Secretary)
Over 100 people have already
committed to coming to the lobby of the TUC and that’s despite the
summer slowdown and spectacular sporting events. So book a place and
get your members, workplaces, families behind the NSSN lobby of the
TUC in Brighton, Sunday September 9th. Updated
petition, flyer and transport will be on the website.
Coventry Clive Walder
Brighton & South
Leaving at 8am from Anchor Road,
Contact Dave Boyes 07833 412757
6:00am - Mike Forster
- details tbc contact Mike
6:30am - Kevin Pattison 0707962867034
10.45 London Bridge but possible West London 07977132391
Chris Pickett 07707 039071
Graham O'Reilly 07578 331537
Totnes & Newton
Abbot- Minibus leaving
Totnes 8am, pick up in Newton Abbot. Alex Moore
7:30am- Alistair Tice 07706710041
Tumble - 5.00am, Llanelli Town Hall - 5.20am
Swansea railway station - 5.45am, Cardiff Museum - 6.30am. Ronnie
firstname.lastname@example.org 07963 454
If your area is not covered but
you want to come let us know.
Thanks to new donations & support
for the lobby from Unite Coventry 7 & Unite Scunthorpe.
RMT Tyne & Wear Metro Cleaners
held another 48 hour strike in their battle against poverty pay and
the victimisation of a work colleague at Churchill. RMT reported
fantastic support from the public as union members leafleted
stations and key central locations explaining the background to the
dispute – an attempt by contractor Churchill’s to demand de facto
pay cuts, through a zero % pay offer to staff already on minimum
wages while the company rakes in millions of profits.
ASLEF East Midlands Trains
members took action this week as part of their on-going dispute with
EMT over pension contributions.
RMT bus drivers working for
Winchester depot are to take both strike action and action short of
a strike in a dispute over pay again on 11th August. Trying to force
through below inflation pay increases, a month ago Stagecoach
reported pre-tax profits of £239.8m.
RMT Cleaners for ISS & INITIAL
will be striking again
tomorrow at Stratford for another 48 hours for pay and Olympic
PCS members at the
multi-million pound company Atos will be taking strike action on the
13 August and 28 August and action short of strike from the 14
August to improve a below inflation pay offer and commit Atos to
become a 'living wage' employer. It is the first time many of
these workers will have taken strike action and support on picket
lines, etc, will be very much welcomed. Messages of support to
email@example.com There are around 250 workplaces but the
main IT ones are: Glasgow - G58 1SB, Durham - DH99
1NS, Blackpool - FY3 9YP National Assembly for Wales
- 2 locations: Crown Building, CF10 3NQ and Caradog House, C1F10
PCS Contact centre
strike on 13th August and take further discontinuous
strike action in CCS &
Posters ‘THEY’ DON’T want you to see: SCOTLAND Paisley
Contact Centre, Glasgow Springburn Contact Centre, Dundee contact
Centre. WALES Bridgend Contact Centre, Bangor Contact
Centre, Pembroke Dock Contact Centre. ENGLAND Sheffield
Contact Centre, Halifax Contact Centre , Grimsby Crown House,
Middlesbrough Contact Centre, Cobalt House- Newcastle upon Tyne,
Coventry Contact Centre, Telford Contact Centre, Derby Contact
Centre, Lincoln Contact Centre , Annesley Contact Centre , Sherwood
Business Park, Norwich Contact Centre, Lowestoft Contact Centre ,
Southend Contact Centre , Chorlton Contact Centre, Makerfield
Benefit Delivery Centre, Stockport Contact Centre, Blackburn Contact
Centre, Blackpool Contact Centre , Bootle Contact Centre, Garston
Contact Centre, Bristol Benefit Delivery Centre, Poole Contact
Centre , Taunton Contact Centre , Torquay Contact Centre , Exeter
PCS Month of action by tax
workers against cuts:
Tax workers begin a month of industrial action today to highlight
the extent of the cuts in September with action short of a strike
Unite bus drivers at Abellio
Byfleet 24 hour strike
Monday 13 August over pay and duty rosters contact
Unison Higher Education Service Group Executive voted to recommend
REJECTION in ballot on pensions - NSSN supports. REJECT the
proposals which see tiny enhancements but still mean workers will be
expected to pay more, work longer and get far, far less!
Unfortunately, the UNISON Local Government SGE has voted to
recommend that their members accept it. We support those Unison
activists campaigning for a REJECT vote.
NUT urges YES
vote on ballot open over pay &
is holding a consultative ballot for control members in England and
Wales who belong to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The
union’s executive council believes government proposals are still
unacceptable – especially on working to 68 and the way pensions
are accrued and revalued for inflation.
SIS Outside (former BBC)
Broadcasts action gets under way this week following management's
insistence that there is no scope for an improvement on their pay
as Calmac, Scotland, refuses to
give staff assurances on routes lined for privatisation.
Disabled People Against the
Cuts’ actions against
ATOS – a company that’s sponsoring the Paralympic Games but wrecking
disabled people’s lives.
As the NHS has recently been in
the spotlight with an Olympic opening ceremony, it highlighted the
reform/closures including Ealing Hospital’s Accident & Emergency
service. Part of the campaign includes a petition on Change.org
to save the A&E department. The workers say that over 100,000
adults and children attend the A&E every year and losing it means
also losing services including maternity, children’s, surgery and
medicine. They're concerned by the number of patients who will have
to travel further to find the care they need, and that this
will disproportionately affect the elderly and those on low incomes.
One GP noted that "services are already at breaking point
and have no extra capacity to take on extra work in the community
resulting from A&E closures."
NHS protest Redditch
- Over 1,000 people attended a march and rally in Worcestershire
last Saturday to protest against the threat to services at the local
Alexandra hospital, particularly maternity and A&E. The cutbacks are
being considered as part of £200 million savings sought by
NHS by 2014/15, £50 million of which must be found, they say,
from the three acute hospitals. See also the National Pensioners
Convention briefing on the care and support white paper.
Unite Housing workers
warn of action if One Housing sacks and reinstates staff with 30%
Women and unions
– “With unemployment among women at a 20-year high, a new wave of
female union leaders and activists has come to the fore, reviving
the fight for workers' rights when they are under greater threat
than ever”. Hardly a wonder as we are being hit twice as hard!
TUC & Pensions warning - TUC is calling on the government to ban
employers from passing on the costs of taking advice from
consultants on the implementation of their new legal duty to
automatically enrol staff in a pension to staff pension pots.
SHREWSBURY Pickets: 1st
Sep Justice for
Shrewsbury Pickets 40th anniversary conference,
Three workers (2 UNITE members)
who were sacked by Liverpool Mutual Homes (HMS) , alongside
12 others, are also now facing court action over questionable
charges over workers who have been at the head of the campaign. Many
trade unionists in Liverpool stood outside the court this week in
support; the case is adjourned till 23rd August.
A group of blacklisted workers in
the UK has launched a High Court claim against construction giant
Sir Robert McAlpine which could potentially be worth £600million.
More Protest against Balfour Beatty 10am, Balfour Beatty
Engineering Services HQ, Glasgow, G52 4RU. Protest called jointly
by: Blacklist Support Group and UNITE Scottish Sparks rank n file.
Balfour Beatty is one of the worst of all the blacklisting firms
with 6 Enforcement Orders against the company by the Information
Commissioners Office because of their role in the Consulting
Association scandal. Gerry Harvey - Director of Human Resources for
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Limited - is a proven
blacklister having been identified in parliament & court.
'Brutally yours' is a short video as part of the campaign to put
pressure on Turkish Airlines (THY) & the Turkish government to
reinstate the 305 dismissed aviation workers & end the strike ban in
One Year Later, 45,000 Workers at Verizon Communications members of
the Communications Workers of America (CWA) & the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-have been locked in
contract negotiations for more than a year. It is crystal clear that
Verizon's strategy in these negotiations is to destroy jobs and roll
back benefits earned. In 2011 profits hit $10 billion, and the top
five executives at Verizon received more than $65 million in
The solidarity account set up from the UK by ex Miners & Miners
partners is no longer taking donations as the dispute has ended.
SMCS: ‘We extend our heartfelt
thanks to all who have shown their generous solidarity with the
struggle of the Spanish miners, their families and their unions for
their pits, jobs and communities by donating money or engaging in
activity’ . Also in Spain
Members of the trade union,
Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores, have gone into two supermarkets
and taken goods without paying. The food was destined to a social
centre that provides food for those who are in desperate situations.
– Release Pussy Riot immediately!
The DVLA Swansea branch of PCS is
holding a protest rally against privatisation and office closures,
12.30 outside the DfT Shared Services Centre at Swansea Vale. All
National Rank & File JIB
electricians & construction trades meeting, 2pm-5pm, Conway Hall,
Red Lion Square, London
Sheffield Save Our NHS - protest against Virgin Care 12
noon on Fargate
Fair fares NOW day of action
Stop Condor Ferries exploiting
seafarers at Noon Southampton.
Remploy lobby of Scottish
Chelmsford trades council says
“Stop the EDL”. Planning meeting Thursday 2 August 7.30pm
firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the EDL have postponed the
Waltham Forest demo until 1 September.
Protest against Balfour Beatty
10am, Balfour Beatty Engineering Services HQ, 40 Ainslie Road,
Hillington Park, Glasgow, G52 4RU. Protest called jointly by:
Blacklist Support Group and UNITE Scottish Sparks rank n file.
National Hazards conference,
Justice for Shrewsbury Pickets 40th
anniversary conference, 12 noon, Unite HQ, Liverpool, L3 8EF
Burston Longest strike in British
history 10.45am-3.45pm Church Green, Burston, Norfolk. Music,
speakers and march! In April 1914, two teachers at Burston Village
School were sacked because one of them organised the labourers into
the union. The pupils walked out & for three years were taught by
those sacked teachers whilst money was raised for a Strike school in
NSSN lobby of TUC conference: Brighton 1pm, assemble at The Level
and rally at Hilton Hotel.
“No hospital closures, no cuts to
services” Greenwich & Bexley trades council demo, Assemble 1pm
General Gordon Sq.
Protest against the LibDem
conference Brighton – No to Austerity! Noon @ The Level (Stop the
Cuts & Brighton Trades Council)
Lobby of Labour Party conference
for a clear commitment to repeal the Health and Social Care Bill and
rebuild our health service.
Protest at Tory party Conference
Defend the Right to Protest
National Conference 11.30 -5.30pm, London
TUC Mass demonstration, ‘A
Future That Works’ TUC with rally in Hyde Park
More. Transport details can be seen at, & should be uploaded to
Unite offices, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY. 1200-1600.
Speakers include Joe Simpson, Asst Gen Sec POA
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