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NSSN bulletin 105

Trade unionists in Britain have been stunned by the scenes of slaughter on our TV sets from the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa. For many veterans of the anti-Apartheid movement it was all too reminiscent of the massacres in Sharpeville and Soweto. But this horror turned very quickly to anger when the reports came through that 34 striking miners were killed by the police and 78 injured for just fighting for a decent living wage. As one miner said on the news "We can't live on this money." To add insult to injury, the owners of the mine Lonmin gave mourning miners an ultimatum to return to work or be sacked.
In a heroic show of solidarity, less than a third went to work on Monday, meaning that the pit couldn't operate. Since then, the ANC government has been forced by pressure within South Africa and around the world to apply pressure on Lonmin to drop this ultimatum.
The National Shop Stewards Network sends our solidarity and support to the miners and their families. We lobbied the South African High Commission last Friday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh5ThXcACiw&feature=plcp with a few hours notice and again this Monday demanding that the ANC government stand down the police and stop the killings on behalf of this brutal multi-national corporation. We called for the mine and all of Lonmin's operations in South Africa to be taken out of their blood soaked hands and nationalised in the interests of the miners and the South African working-class as a whole. Solidarity with the South African miners!


STOP PRESS:- Remploy reps occupied the HQ of Remploy in Leicester!
 



Messages of protest about closure of Remploy factories to Maria Miller ('factory killer') DWP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State maria.miller.mp@parliament.uk
Lobby the TUC on Sunday September 9th in Brighton – march together on October 20th against austerity then strike together!
Assemble 1pm at The Level park - Union Road, Brighton BN2 for march at 1.30pm to Brighton Conference Centre and then rally at Hilton Metropole
Speakers include: Bob Crow RMT, Mark Serwotka PCS, Steve Gillan POA
Over 300 people have already committed to coming to the lobby of the TUC. This is even more important now as rumours circulate of even more cuts to come because the ConDems’ austerity has caused an even bigger deficit. Steve Hedley RMT newly elected Assistant General Secretary explains why he is attending. So book a place and get your members, workplaces, families behind the NSSN lobby of the TUC in Brighton, Sunday September 9 to call for a 24 hour general strike against austerity. Please sign & share the PETITION we will hand to the TUC over this, thanks. More information.


Birmingham and Coventry 8am Priory, Queensway then 8.30 Coventry sports centre, Fairfax st. Clive Walder 07771 931185
Brighton & South East Nssnsoutheast@gmail.com 07894716095
Bristol Leaving at 8am from Anchor Road, tradom@live.co.uk
Eastern (Herts, Cambs, East Anglia) Steve Glennon 07905167703
East Midlands (Leicester, Notts, Derbys, Northants, Lincoln) Dave Gorton 07432120621
Hampshire Contact Dave Boyes 07833 412757
Huddersfield 6:00am - Mike Forster 07887668740
Hull - details tbc contact Mike Whale 07528780098
Leeds 6:30am - Kevin Pattison 0707962867034
London 10.45 London Bridge station, contact us to reserve a ticket £5 & West London coach 07977132391
North West Andy Ford, 07742 417 862, nwshopstewardsnetwork@gmail.com
Portsmouth Chris Pickett 07707 039071
Southampton Graham O'Reilly 07578 331537
Totnes & Newton Abbot- Minibus leaving Totnes 8am, pick up in Newton Abbot. Alex Moore aleximoore@btinternet.com 01803 868713
Sheffield 7:30am- Alistair Tice 07706710041
Wales Tumble - 5.00am, Llanelli Town Hall - 5.20am
Swansea railway station - 5.45am, Cardiff Museum - 6.30am
Ronnie Job ron.job@sky.com 07963 454 041


If your area is not covered but you want to come let us know. info@shopstewards.net

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GENERAL UPDATES
 

a) STRUCK
 

Unite, GMB and UCATT members strike in Sheffield City Council – And the toilet seat goes to…Sheffield City Council!

Dozens of Camden UNISON members on the NSL parking enforcement contract rounded off their third consecutive day of strike action with a march along the pavement between Holborn tube and Euston mainline stations on Saturday afternoon (11 August). More info


b) STRIKING
 

RMT members in Carlisle Cleaning & Support Services (Transpennine Express) - 24-hour strike on Friday 24th August and industrial action short of a strike in the form of an overtime and rest day working ban 25th August – 8th September More info


PCS Month of action by tax workers against cuts: Despite the fact that they are only half way through the current programme of action calling for 'Tax Justice for All', the PCS have already made gains on their key demands. The Tax Justice message, coupled with campaigning and action by members on the ground, has resulted in the department beginning to listen. The 1,000 temporary jobs announced recently is recognition that the department is under resourced and more investment is needed. Strike action planned for beginning of September if talks fail http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/revenue_and_customs_group/
 

Unite members at Bombardier vote for industrial action: Hundreds of workers at Bombardier have voted to take industrial action and action short of strike in the coming weeks in a long running dispute over pay. The majority of the workers are based in the Central Rivers depot, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire. The action will consist of a continuous overtime ban effective from Saturday 25 August and six periods of discontinuous strike action between Sunday 26 August and Saturday 9 September. More info
Remploy closures & sackings - week of strike action in Chesterfield and Springfield September 3-10 More info plus protest in Stratford at beginning of Paralympics, 1pm August 29th

c) BALLOTING


RMT balloting crew working on the Mitie contract on First Great Western for both strike action and action short of a strike over the blatant victimisation of union representative Sharon Petrie More info

RMT to begin balloting CalMac Scottish ferries staff for strike action in an on-going dispute over pensions and workplace rights. More info

POA REJECT FINAL OFFER ON PENSIONS
POA members have overwhelmingly rejected the final offer from the coalition government on changes to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) following the conclusion of a postal consultative ballot of members in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. More info

FBU achieved a 90% no vote on 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 a retirement age of 68 and pensions accrual and inflation revaluation. More
Journalists in York who face a pay freeze – which when inflation is taken into account is equivalent to a pay cut – are balloting for industrial action. More info

NUT urges YES vote on ballot open over workload.


d) OTHER UPDATES
 

Staff working at the private hospital Royal Bucks, only got paid 20% of their wages for July. They were given three days notice of this. A week later they were given 30 days notice of redundancy and that the hospital was closing. A hardship fund has been set up; initial donations can be made payable to Bucks Health Unison and sent to the Union Office, Tindal Centre, Bierton Rd, Aylesbury Bucks, HP19. Contact steve bell, bucks unison branch sec and Unison SGE - STOP PRESS: workers have won back their unpaid wages!! Thanks for support!

Unite and Rank & File Sparks target Crown House to stop ‘BESNA 2’ – nationwide protests start against company who’ve withdrawn from JIB after defeat of BESNA earlier this year. Reports that Crown House are issuing notices of change of contracts. Flash protests around the country. London last week, more this week. Keep your ear to the ground. Email us for information.
Brighton Green council is planning to close homes for adults with learning difficulties.

VICTIMISATION…


RMT member at Churchill Cleaning services, Tyne & Wear has succeeded in his claim against unfair dismissal. He was dismissed after providing an honest critique of mismanagement in a comments box, he was dismissed without notice. Staff balloted and took action in his support and over poverty pay.
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.
BLACKLISTING: latest events
Protest against Balfour Beatty in Glasgow (see Diary for details)
Chris Clarke v Balfour Beatty - blacklisting case
Tues 28th August 9.30am, Case Management Discussion, Central London Employment Tribunal Kingsway

Scottish Affairs Select Committee
Tues 4th September 2pm, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, GMB give evidence to blacklisting inquiry
SHREWSBURY: 1st Sep Justice for Shrewsbury Pickets 40th anniversary conference. justice4pickets@lists.riseup.net
 

INTERNATIONAL…
 

Turkey – 5,000 textile workers are striking indefinitely in Gaziantep for a wage rise. With the support of security forces the textile company bosses are planning to divide the workers’ struggle, increasing pressure on the workers and organising wide ranging attacks to force them to return to work at existing conditions. Messages of support info@daymer.org. More
 

Kazakhstan – Fight the threat to imprison Vadim Kuramshin for 14 years…plus MEP sends message of support http://campaignkazakhstan.org/
 

RUSSIA – Release Pussy Riot immediately! More
 

DIARY …
 

24 Aug
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.
 

28 Aug
National protests against ATOS at 12pm:-
Bournemouth - 1st Floor, Tamarisk Hse, Jobcentre plus, Cotland rd
Swansea - Grove House, Grove Place

9.30am, Case Management Discussion, Central London Employment Tribunal Kingsway
Chris Clarke v Balfour Beatty - blacklisting case
 

31 August
National Hazards conference, Keele University hazconf@gmhazards.org.uk
 

1st Sep
Justice for Shrewsbury Pickets 40th anniversary conference, 12 noon, Unite HQ, Liverpool, L3 8EF
We are Waltham Forest march “We are united against the EDL” and event 11am
 

02 Sep
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 many years were taught by those sacked teachers whilst money was raised for a Strike school.
 

04 Sep
 

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, GMB give evidence to blacklisting inquiry
 

06 Sep
 

Hope not Hate gig in Sheffield including ex-Housemartins & Beautiful South Paul Heaton http://www.the-plug.com/events-and-tickets/live/paul-heaton
 

08 Sep
Wigan Diggers - A FREE Open Air Festival celebrating the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) & the 17th Century Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement. The Wiend, Wigan, 12-8.


09 Sep
 

'Strike against Austerity!' NSSN lobby of TUC conference: Brighton 1pm, assemble at The Level and rally at Hilton Hotel.

11 Sep
 

Rally against McNulty - Brighton, September 11 (TUC week), 2012 http://www.rmt.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=162387&int1stParentNodeID=89731&int2ndParentNodeID=89763


15 Sep
“No hospital closures, no cuts to services” Greenwich & Bexley trades council demo, Assemble 1pm General Gordon Sq. lynne.windeatt@btinternet.com


22 Sep


Protest against the LibDem conference Brighton – No to Austerity! Noon @ The Level (Stop the Cuts & Brighton Trades Council)
 

30th Sep
 

Rally against McNulty - Manchester, September 30 (Labour Party conference week), 2012 http://www.rmt.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=162385&int1stParentNodeID=89731&int2ndParentNodeID=89763
 

Lobby of Labour Party conference for a clear commitment to repeal the Health and Social Care Bill and rebuild our health service.
 

07 Oct
Protest at Tory party Conference
 

14 Oct
Defend the Right to Protest National Conference 11.30 -5.30pm, London
 

17 Oct
Youth fight for Jobs Scotland & PCS Young members network March for Jobs!
MIDLANDS NSSN Conference Unite offices, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY. 1200-1600. Speakers include Joe Simpson, Asst Gen Sec POA
 

20 Oct
TUC Mass demonstration, ‘A Future That Works’ TUC with rally in Hyde Park More. Transport details can be seen at, & should be uploaded to False Economy.
 

21 Oct
Ragged Trousered Philanthropist performance introduced by Matt Wrack, GS of FBU.
 

20-24 Nov
The Visteon/Ford Occupation, a play 7.30pm (£10) The emerald Roadhouse, Finaghy rd, North Belfast. For tickets contact John Dunne info@londonirishtheatre.com
 

24 Nov
YORKSHIRE & HUMBER NSSN Conference 10am - 4pm. Leeds, Cosmopolitan Hotel, 2 Lower Briggate, LS1 4AE. Contact Kevin Pattison 07962867034.
 

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