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NSSN Bulletin 105

23 August Firefighters vote no to pensions deal, Remploy workers occupy and more... Read More

 

NSSN Bulletin 104  

17 August Tax avoiders and tax justice, fighting pensions attacks, lobbying the TUC and more... Read More

 

March together then strike together! Why

we're lobbying

16 August Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary, and Linda Taaffe, NSSN, explain why they're lobbying the TUC... Read More

 

Solidarity appeal: striking Turkish textile workers

16 August 5,000 textile workers in Gaziantep, Turkey are taking industrial action for an indefinite period for increased pay and for a better working environment... Read More

 

Jobcentre call centres strike against draconian conditions

14 August Reports from around the country... Read More

 

NSSN Bulletin 103

13 August Workfare court decision, TUC lobby, pensions dispute and more... Read More

 

NSSN Bulletin 102

07 August Lobby of the TUC details, PCS month of action, pensions ballot and more... Read More

 

NSSN Bulletin 101

30 July Olympics, PCS and RMT victories, Remploy disputes and more... Read More

 

Remploy strikes: Day 2

30 July Reports from the second day of strike action in Remploy factories from England, Scotland and Wales... Read More

 

Why I’m lobbying the TUC for a 24-hour general strike
27 July When my father used to tell me of the privations he endured in the 1930s depression including walking from Brighton to Aldershot in a fruitless search for work it just sounded like scary stories from history, but I can see things going back that far and further if this government isn’t challenged... Read More

 

40 years since Pentonville

27 July two personal views of how the dockers defeated the Tories... Read More

 

Kazakhstan: Vadim Kuramshin threatens hunger strike protest
24 July Vadim Kuramshin, the prison rights campaigner arrested 6 months ago on trumped up charges has declared that if the trial against him is not resumed within ten days he will declare a hunger strike... Read More

 

Taiwan - Textile workers occupy Hualon Factory

24 July Three hundred textile workers in the Hualon Corporation’s factory in Miaoli County, Taiwan declared indefinite strike more than a month ago on 6 June. Since then they have occupied the factory for one month to stop the machines from being moved out. They are fighting for money owed on their wages and pensions going back over a decade... Read More

 

NSSN Bulletin 100!

20 July The NSSN bulletin reaches 100! Updates on struggles, building for 30 October , and more... read more

 

Remploy reports, articles and videos

20 July News and views from across England, Scotland and Wales... read more

 

Building the fightback - North West Shop Stewards Network

20 July The North West Shop Stewards Network held its AGM on July 17. Thirty trade unionists heard Steve Acheson, blacklisted electrician, speak on the recent BESNA victory and the continuing battle against blacklisting... read more

 

Message of support to striking Spanish mine workers

20 July Solidarity from the PCS DWP group, from its group president Fran Heathcote... read more

 

Essex firefighters strike: 42 take on “big brother”
20 July
Hundreds of striking firefighters and their supporters paraded through Essex's county town of Chelmsford on Wednesday 18th July in a show of defiance against the dictatorial attitudes of the Fire Authority and the unnecessary cuts in service they are trying to force through... read more

 

Message of support to striking Remploy workers from the president of DWP Group in PCS

18 July On behalf of the DWP Group within PCS, I am sending a message of solidarity and support for your action tomorrow in Remploy, writes Fran Heathcote DWP Group President... read more

 

Action For Rail Conference Manchester

17 July About 60 union reps, mainly from the rail unions, but also from the NHS, civil service and local government, came to the Manchester ‘Action For Rail’ conference to organise resistance to the McNulty report into the future of the railways... read more

 

RMT cleaners Trans Pennine Express strike

17 July Warrington Trades Council was pleased to help RMT members employed as cleaners on the Trans-Pennine Express route as they leafleted passengers outside Warrington Central station on Saturday... read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 99

16 July One law for the rich another for the workers. Updates from FBU Essex, GMB Carillion and Remploy plus international reports from Spanish miners dispute...read more

 

"We're here to get our voice across and show management that we are here to be listened to": Nottingham FE students fight cuts

06 July On Thursday 5th July, over 100 students from New College Nottingham (NCN) protested outside the High Pavement campus against attacks on their education...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 98

06 July Victory for SOVA strike! Organising the fightback against austerity. Updates disputes in fire service, coast guard, food processing industry, victimisations and international disputes...read more

 

Invitation to organising meeting for NSSN lobby of TUC Conference: Open letter to London trade union reps

04 June The NSSN will be organising a lobby of the TUC Conference on September 9th to push for general strike action against austerity. The NSSN has produced a model letter to all London trade union reps inviting them to an organising meeting on July 17th. The model letter can be down loaded here...read more

 

Pictures: Families of victims of corporate killings join unions in protest at crane registration deregulation

03 July A coalition of groups protested outside the Department of Work & Pensions over plans to reduce workplace safety and endanger the lives of workers...read more

 

Beauly-Denny construction workers win swift victory in unofficial action

02 July On the 26th and 27th June , around 40 Balfour Beatty foundation construction workers went on strike with the intention of making the company stick to earlier promises that workers could expect a four day weekend in return for working 17 consecutive 12 hour days...read more

 

Wales Shop Stewards Network conference prepares for action: Union reps call for a 24 hour general strike

02 July 70 trade unionists in 10 unions from all over Wales, mainly reps and shops stewards, gathered in Cardiff at the annual conference of the Wales Shop Stewards Network on June 30th.

The conference was taking place at a time when there are dozens of disputes taking place...read more

 

Fighting to defend the NAECI at Fawley refinery

28 June There was a huge tail back of traffic outside the Esso Oil Refinery at Fawley in Hampshire this yesterday morning (27 June) where Unite staged a protest in defence of the NAECI/Blue Book agreement...read more

 

Bob Crow to speak at NSSN lobby of TUC

28 June The need for further coordinated strike action, this time including the private sector is becoming more and more urgent. RMT national conference passed a key resolution, moved by RMT young members and unanimously supported, that the campaign in defense of pensions included the call for general strike action. Delegates heard the NSSN call for the lobby of the TUC on Sun 09 September in support of a one-day general strike and gave support for it...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 97

28 June End the austerity rip off! Build support for a general strike!

Updates from Coryton workers, defending the NAECI agreement at Fawley refinery, wildcat strike in Scotland...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 96

22 June The strikes and action taking place this week highlights the fact that workers in the private sector are beginning to move...read more

 

North West NSSN conference, rank and file sparks leader Steve Acheson keynote speaker 

22 June After the highly successful National Conference of the NSSN we have decided to strengthen the regional activity of the NSSN in the North-West. The AGM will be held on the 17th July...read more

 

Coryton refinery workers to spread protests across the country on Monday

20 June The fight to keep Coryton refinery open will intensify this Monday. Protests against the closure have been called at Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, Lindsey oil refinery, North Lincolnshire and Grangemouth oil refinery in Falkirk. All the protests will start at 1:00 PM...read more

 

Five hundred food processing workers strike in Leicester

19 June Yesterday, 500 workers at RF Brookes factory in Leicester took their third day of concerted strike action to oppose the unjust policies imposed on them by their profit hungry management...read more

 

Pictures: Packed meeting pledges to fight Coryton refinery closures

As part of helping this fight against the closure the NSSN jointly hosted a solidarity meeting alongside Coryton workers.

The response was excellent with over 100 workers and their supporters filling the room to over flowing. Here are some pictures from last night's meeting. A fuller report will follow later...read more

 

“We’re not here to sit and complain but to take action forward”: Rank and file NUT members meet in Liverpool

18 June Over 100 NUT delegates gathered in Liverpool on June 16 for the founding Conference of the ‘Local Associations Network’. The Conference was called in response to the failure of the NUT Executive majority to call further national action on pensions since November. Every speech reflected the frustration at the resulting loss of momentum but also a determination to rebuild national action on pensions, pay and conditions...read more

 

UPDATE: Speakers for NSSN public meeting with Coryton refinery workers

15 June Coryton workers are fighting against a pensions and redundancy robbery with a string of well publicised actions around oil depots. The NSSN alongside, Coryton workers is organising a public meeting to build support for their fight...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 95

15 June NSSN action plan, videos from NSSN conference... Updates on disputes at Coryton refinery, Runcorn power station and London bus... International news from Spanish miners strike, Kazakhstan trade unionists and Turkish airlines...read more

 

Coryton refinery workers fight closures

11 June Protests hit the Coryton refinery today amid warnings that its closure could see over £100 million drained from the economy...read more

 

NSSN Conference calls for one day general strike against austerity

11 June Around 500 workplace reps assembled in Friends Meeting House in London Euston today for an excellent sixth annual National Shop Stewards Network conference...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 94

07 June Last call for NSSN conference this weekend. Victory for Ratcliffe workers. Workplace and international updates...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 93

31 May One week to go to NSSN Conference! Keep the pensions fight going! Updates from strikes at Ratcliffe, Tilbury docks and Sheffield Recycling centre. international reports from Ireland, Sri Lanka and Turkey...read more

600 walk-out at Ratcliffe power station

29 May Over 600 construction workers walked out of Radcliffe on Soar power station this morning in protest against the suspension of Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter...read more

 

Reel News video preview: Community organising in Greece against austerity

29 May Regular readers of the NSSN website will be familiar with the work of Reel News, a news collective that seeks to cover the struggles of workers and communities here and Britain and around the world, through their excellent videos documenting the sparks dispute...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 92

25 May Defend trade union and employment rights! Stop Beecroft! Come to NSSN Conference...read more

 

Remploy closure "will add misery and heartache to another 2000 people": Sean McGovern Unite NEC Disability rep responds to Breakthrough-UK

23 May Last week Breakthrough-UK (B-UK) publicly released an email explaining why they would not put their name to a letter posted by Inclusion London, and others, calling for Remploy factories to remain open...read more

 

GMB NHS members in massive rejection of pensions deal

22 May GMB members in the NHS have decisively rejected the governments pensions offer, delivering an enormous 95.6% rejection in a ballot, the result of which was announced today on the GMB website...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 91

18 May Solidarity with the Greek Workers! Their voice will be heard at the NSSN Conference on June 9th. Updates on Remploy, dockers strikes, the McNulty report and more...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 90

11 May 400,000 public sector workers across the country demonstrated once again on May 10th that the mass campaign against pension cuts is still very much alive...read more

 

May 10 pensions strike report

11 May Prison officers walked out to join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action in defence of their pensions...read more

 

Lincoln train drivers strike to defend pensions

11 May On Wednesday 1st May we had our first strike called by the ASLEF members of East Midlands Trains. I was really pleased with the turnout from our members at Lincoln...read more

 

Message of support to May 10 strikers from NUT activist Martin Powell-Davies

09 May Thursday's national strike in defence of pensions by up to 500,000 public sector workers across PCS, UCU, UNITE Health, NIPSA, plus some RMT members, will send another message to the Government - already reeling from their election defeats - that trade unionists are not going to accept paying more, to work longer, and to get less when we eventually do get to retire...read more

 

NSSN bulletin No. 89

04 May May Day celebrations, building for May 10th strikes, updates on disputes, victimisations and international reports...read more

 

NSSN bulletin No. 88

30 April Updates on London Underground strike of RMT Tubelines workers, Unite library workers in Greenwich and tanker drivers. International reports from Argentina and Sri Lanka. May Day demonstrations and news of upcoming strikes, actions and demonstration...read more

 

Greenwich library staff strike against privatisation

26 April Unite in Greenwich libraries are on strike from Friday 27th April to Tuesday 1st May. A further day is planned for 11th May. The strike is against the planned sell-off of the library service to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL)...read more

 

Tubelines strike: Fighting for all Tube passengers rights

26 April Since 4pm Tuesday 24 April, 1000 maintenance workers employed by Tube Lines have been on a 72 hour strike. As Tube Lines rep Paul O'Brien explained (see below), "this strike is about getting all workers the same rights as far as pensions and travel passes are concerned...read more

 

Belfast bus workers unofficial action forces management climb-down

23 April On Friday 20th April, Metro bus drivers in Belfast, members of Unite and GMB, staged a walk-out in response to the unjustified suspension of one of their colleagues....read more

 

Remploy workers take the fight to Parliament

20 April “Maria Miller, factory killer!” was the chant heard outside DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) as Remploy workers took their campaign against factory closures to central London...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No.87

19 April Pensions battle re-emerges, updates, victimisation, international news and upcoming events...read more

 

PCS NEC announces strike action for May 10

18 April The union's national executive this afternoon unanimously agreed a programme of ongoing action, starting with national strikes over pensions co-ordinated with other unions on 10 May and at the end of June...read more

 

The 1972 Building Workers Strike

16 April On the 28th June 1972 there was an official Building Workers Strike called by UCATT over pay and other issues. Pickets were used in building sites in Cheshire, North Wales and the North West. The Building workers strike was used by the capitalist media to denounce and witch hunt 24 Shrewsbury Building workers who were arrested...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 86

 

Save Remploy factories: London public meeting.

Leaflet available to download

02 April Following on from a successful organizing meeting called by Disabled People Against Cuts, the campaign to save the Remploy factories is calling an important public meeting to publicize the campaign among the trade union and disabilities movement as well as the general public...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 84

 

"March 28 must be a springboard to further action"

29 March On what felt like the the hottest day of the year so far, thousands of teachers and lecturers gathered in Malet Street, central London. It was soon clear that Londoners HAD turned out in force to show that, given the call to action to stop this pensions robbery, trade unionists will respond...read more

 

Barow gives it's backing to Remploy workers

29 March Last Friday 23rd March, Remploy employees were once again out in the Town centre to publicise their just cause, handing out leaflets explaining their plight and encouraging the public to sign the petition...read more

 

"We are not human beings to them": Traffic wardens take strike action against HSL

26 March The road outside Ealing Town Hall was being torn up but even the noise of pneumatic drills couldn’t drown out striking traffic enforcement officers. The officers are members of Unite and have begun five days of strike action today over the victimisation of Parveen Bhadwaj...read more

 

Stop the closure of Remploy: Model trade union letter requesting support for London public meeting

23 March The NSSN is asking it's supporters to use the following model letter to build support and sponsorship for a public meeting in London. This is part of a wider campaign that is developing to save the Remploy factories...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 83

23 March Updates on: Pensions dispute - Strikes in CWU & GMB - Swindon victimisation of Mick Dooley by UCATT -  NSSN public meetings...read more

 

Remploy update: "We will  not leave our factories close without one heck of a fight!

20 March There is a lot more clarity as we end this week, than we had at the beginning of the week on the issues that surround the ConDem’s proposal to end Supported Employment in Remploy. There are no surprises but the genie is out of the bottle as far as the motives are concerned, for this brutal act of state vindictiveness against disabled workers...read more

 

PCS National Executive agrees to build for April strike on pensions

19 March The national executive of the Public and Commercial Services union agreed today to continue to pursue a joint union campaign against the government's cuts to pensions, including a co-ordinated national strike in April...read more

 

BESNA beaten. Now organise to bin the blacklist!

19 March Around 70 rank and file construction workers met in the Mechanics Institute, Manchester on Saturday 17th March to discuss the significant victory against the 'Dirty 7' companies and to plan the way forward to end the blacklist, agency working and to stop the bosses war against jobs, pay and conditions...read more

 

Brazilian trade unionist victimised: Solidarity needed

15 March On March 12th, Ambev in Jacareí (São Paulo state) – the Brazilian branch of AB InBev – sacked in “just cause” comrade Joaquim Aristeu Benedito da Silva. The reason alleged by the company was the fact that he published on the web page of CSP-Conlutas (a trade union and popular movement federation) and on social networks an article denouncing the company for an the accident in the factory that led to the death of a young contract worker aged 25 with a pregnant wife...read more

 

Remploy factories are not for sale or closure" GMB rep vows to fight closures

09 March The announcement of the closure of 36 Remploy factories and the privatisation/closure of a further 18 in the near future has left Remploy workers bitter and angry...read more

 

Swansea Trades Council pledges to fight destruction of Remploy

08 March Swansea Trades Council condemns unreservedly the announcement today that the government plans to close 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK and 7 out of 9 in Wales, including the site in Fforestfach. Up to 1,700 disabled workers stand to be sacked; 1,700 skilled, productive jobs lost...read more

 

Locked out MMP workers fight on

08 March Solid support was decisively demonstrated by the locked out MMP workers for continued action in their dispute. Of 139 papers issued in the secret ballot following a meeting of the workforce in a nearby hotel, 138 voted in favour of rejecting the so-called ‘offer’ by the MMP management...read more

 

UCATT expel Mick Dooley

08 March Michael Dooley a favourite for the leadership of UCATT the troubled building workers union has been expelled from the union following a complaint that he swore at a building workers meeting which was later broadcasted on YouTube...read more 

 

Lock out at MMP Bootle

27 January Workers at the Bootle site, which produces packaging for the food industry, are in dispute over the company’s unfair method of selecting redundancies and the redundancy terms being offered...read more

 

All remaining BESNA firms surrender. Total victory for the sparks!

23 January In an historic day for rank and file action the remaining five electrical contractors still signed up to the BESNA threw in the towel this evening...read more

 

Rank and file electrician, Bob Crow and Mark Serwotka to speak at NSSN conference

21 February Confirmed speakers for NSSN 6th Annual Conference on June 9th (Friends Meeting House, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ, 11.30am-4pm) Bob Crow RMT General Secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary, Rank & File construction electrician...read more

 

Unite meat workers take strike action at Vion Foods

20 February Unite members at the food firm Vion in Cambuslang will walkout on today in the first in a series of walkouts planned in a dispute over terms and conditions. The workers voted massively in favour of industrial action in an official ballot where 92% of members voted for strike action with 94% voting in favour of action short of strike on a 72% turnout...read more

 

Sparks defeat Balfours - now for total victory over BESNA

17 February 2012 "Led by the ‘rank and file’ committee, many of whom are blacklisted, finally after six months of protests, unofficial walkouts and now a threatened strike, Balfour Beatty - the biggest of the 'Dirty 7' electrical contractors, has pulled out of the BESNA contract which will cut electricians' and other skilled construction workers’ wages by up to 35%.read more

 

Eurostar cleaners take a stand against poverty pay

16 February "What do we want-Fair pay! When do we want it?-Now!" and "£8.30 - London Living Wage!" were the chants of the Initial cleaners taking strike action today outside St Pancreas station. The cleaners are members of the European Passenger Services RMT branch...read more

 

Birmingham Trades Council commemorates Battle of Saltley Gate

15 February Laurence Humphries, a member of the Shrewsbury Pickets campaign and a the NSSN steering committee reports from the meeting...read more

 

Battle of Saltley Gates

10 February The battle at Saltley Gates remains one of the most significant industrial battles in recent history. Bill Mullins a Birmingham shop steward at the Solihul Rover plant and participant recalls the events of that tumultuous day...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 77

 

Stagecoach South Yorkshire strike day 11: Management getting desperate! 

08 February It was -15C overnight. Pickets arrive at Rawmarsh (Rotherham) depot at 4-30am. Water has been poured over the footpath where the strikers assemble making it into a skating ring. How vindictive and dangerous is that? Just shows how desperate Stagecoach bosses are getting...read more

 

Round two of Wincanton tanker drivers dispute

06 February 123 oil tanker drivers, employed by haulage firm Wincanton on the ConocoPhillips contract to deliver fuel to Jet forecourts, began their second week of strike action on Friday 3rd February...read more

 

Privatisation and cuts are destroying our Fire service: A Coventry FBU rep speaks out 

02 February The Fire service both locally and Nationally is in crisis. The government has cut the funding to some Brigades of up to 25% including the West Mids Fire service which is one of the worst hit in the country. And trying to find 25% savings whilst still providing the emergency cover and service that the tax payer has come to expect is proving to be just about impossible. Something has to give - and that something unfortunately looks like its going to be Fire-fighters, fire engines and stations...read more

 

Police interfere with sparks protest at Ratcliffe

01 February Around 40 sparks were protesting outside Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station on Wednesday 1st February to fight the imposition of the BESNA contract...read more

 

Stagecoach drivers escalate pay dispute

31 January Stagecoach South Yorkshire bus drivers, members of the union Unite, have stepped up their action in the fight to improve their wages...read more

 

Strike by Unite oil tanker drivers to defend jobs hits fuel supply

January 24 123 oil tanker drivers employed by road haulage firm Wincanton began a week long strike at 5am Tuesday 24th January. Employed on the ConocoPhillips contract, they deliver fuel to Jet petrol stations...read more

 

Stop the victimisation of NUT rep Pat Markey 

January 23 Pat Markey, Northampton NUT Secretary, and union rep at Duston School, was today (17 January) found guilty of gross misconduct and summarily dismissed...read more

 

POA challenge anti-trade union laws at European Court of Human Rights 

January 23 Press release from the Prison Officers Association ...read more

 

Unilever workers make a stand on pensions 

18 January “Unilever is the 18th richest company in the world. But its us that makes them their money!”
As one private sector pension scheme after another is hacked to pieces, workers at multinational company Unilever are making a stand to defend pensions...
read more

 

NSSN Staffordshire: No retreat on pensions - Fight until we win!

17 January NSSN Staffordshire met on 16th January to discuss the pensions struggle and what our next move should be...read more

 

Unilever picket lines near you 

16 January Unite members will join picket lines at 12 Unilever sites. Unite have circulated the time and location of each picket line. The NSSN urges all readers and supporters to visit picket lines in your area in this crucial dispute...read more

 

South Yorkshire bus drivers take eighth day of strike action  

16 January Stagecoach bus drivers in Barnsley and Rotherham, members of the Unite trade union, took their eighth day of strike action on Monday 16th January in pursuit of their pay claim for £9 per hour...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 73

16 January The NSSN will now be publishing it's weekly bulletin online. The bulletin can be a useful tool for activists and supporters of the Network to keep in touch with events across the country and internationally. Highlights include the latest developments in the pensions dispute, the Unilever strike and workers struggles in Nigeria and Kazakhstan...read more

 

Preston NSSN supporters discuss next move in the pensions dispute 

13 January Local supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network met in Preston on Wednesday 11th January to discuss the national pensions dispute. PCS Group Executive Committee member for DWP, Gavin Hartley, reported back from the 7th January PCS Left Unity meeting in London...read more

 

VIDEO: Sparks protest at Grangemouth refinery

13 January Electricians continue their long running nationwide campaign against the wage slashing and deskilling Building Engineering Services National Agreement (BESNA). This time the action moves to Scotland with sparks protesting at the gates of the INEOS Grangemouth refinery...read more

 

Jobs cull at La Senza

12 January Administrators KPMG announced they were ‘delighted’ to have saved 1,000 jobs with La Senza in the UK on Monday. They didn’t mention the remaining 1,600 workers thrown on the dole with ten minutes’ notice...read more

 

Lobby of TUC urges further action on pensions

12 January Over 100 union members lobbied the TUC Public Services Liaison Group (PSLG) today, to call on the union leaders to reject the government's new offer on public sector pensions and to set a new strike date...read more

 

Merseyside union activists pledge to continue pensions battle

12 January Merseyside Shop Stewards Network held a successful meeting on 11 January, with 18 attending from unions including PCS, Unison, Unite and ASU/GMB. The meeting reviewed the pensions dispute, discussed co-ordinated action and a local way forwards...read more

Sparks protest make New Years return to Blackfriars   

11 January Up to 100 electricians and their supporters protested outside Blackfriars in London this morning in their ongoing campaign to defend the JIB agreement and stop the big construction companies imposing the BESNA terms that will open the door to pay cuts of up to 35%...read more

  

Change of time for lobby of TUC                                             10 January The starting time for the TUC Public Services Liaison Group on Thursday has been brought forward to 10:00 AM...read more

 

PCS Left Unity conference: Organising the fight back against pensions sell out                                                      

09 January "PCS Left Unity have called this emergency meeting because this is an emergency." PCS President Janice Godrich welcomed the 600 plus union activists to the open meeting yesterday in Friends Meeting House...read more

 

NSSN Bulletin No. 72                                                                   06 January The NSSN will now be publishing it's weekly bulletin online. The bulletin can be a useful tool for activists and supporters of the Network to keep in touch with events across the country and internationally...read more

 

Open meeting for trade union reps organised by PCS Left Unity

23 December An open meeting for trade union reps has been organised by the Public and Commercial Services Union's Left Unity organisation on Saturday 7th January 2012 at Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, 11am - 4pm.

Speakers include: Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary, John McDonnell MP, Mark Campbell, UCU, Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, Roger Bannister, Unison NEC (personal capacity) read more

TUC lobby - No retreat on pensions - name the date for the next strike!
20 December Hundreds of rank and file union members protested outside the TUC last night on the lobby of the TUC's Public Services Liaison Group called by the National Shop Stewards Network...read more

 

Change of time for NSSN lobby of PSLG                             19 December The starting time of the Public Services Liaison Group meeting today at Congress House has been put back to 5 PM today. The lobby of the PSLG will now start at 3:30 PM...read more

 

NSSN and left union activists calls lobby of TUC Public Services Liaison Group: Demands further action on pensions                                                                           16 December A recall conference of the Public Sector Liaison Group (PSLG), the body that brings together TUC affiliated public sector unions, will be convened on Monday 19th December at 3PM...read more

 

Breaking news: PCS Left Unity announce open meeting of trade unionists to build for further action on pensions   

16 December From Janice Godrich, President of PCS, on behalf of PCS Left Unity: “PCS Left Unity is organising an open meeting at Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London on Saturday 7 January to demand further action on pensions...read more

 

No sell out on pensions - Fight until we win!                    16 December Today the TUC's Public Sector Liaison Group (PSLG) met for the first time since the magnificent 30 November public sector strike. Disgracefully, Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, argued that all of the trade unions should sign up to the government's latest 'heads of agreement' on pensions, which would then allow Francis Maude to announce before Christmas that the dispute has been settled. This was met with outrage by many of the public sector trade unions present...read more

 

Action by construction workers escalates on the 17th week of action                                                                             16 December At the end of the summer construction bosses embarked on a wave of wage cuts. If they thought they would get an easy ride then they certainly don't think so now. As we approach Christmas the fight back by construction workers continues. The following is a round up of reports from electricians and construction engineers action across the country...read more

 

Cuts target trade unionists: Defend Nancy Taaffe           15 December Below is a model letter for anti-cuts and trade union activists to send to Chris Robbins, leader of Labour-led Waltham Forest council. 17 rounds of vicious cuts have been voted through. The latest round has included trade union activist and anti-cuts campaigner Nancy Taaffe...read more

 

Breaking News: Christmas walkout to defend victimised RMT activist Paul Kelly                                 15 December The following announcement has been made by the RMT to members at Wightlink Ferries...read more

 

RMT members at Wightlink vote for strike action to defend Paul Kelly                                                                       14 December The RMT website have announced a positive result at Wightlink in a ballot over the victimisation of activist Paul Kelly...read more

 

Thousands of Revenue & Customs staff stage lunchtime walk-outs against privatisation                   12 December Thousand of workers in HM Revenue and Customs walked out between 12 and 3 today in a dispute over a planned year-long trial using private staff in two contact centres in Bathgate, in Scotland, and Lillyhall, Cumbria...read more

 

Unilever strike: "This is their answer today"                    12 December Reports from picket lines at Port Sunlight, Warrington and Gwent...read more

 

Unilever strike: Reports from Salford and Burton              09 December Approximately 40 workers turned out on the picket line at Unilever Trafford Park this morning. They were supporting the strike against Unilever's plans to force a move from a Final Salary Pensions Scheme to one based on a Career Average Salary...read more

 

RMT demands answers from News International in phone hacking scandal                                                         09 December Transport union RMT today wrote to lawyers for News International demanding to know which journalists were involved in instructing an undercover surveillance operation against General Secretary Bob Crow by former policeman and MI5-trained Derek Webb...read more

 

Sparks defy courts for massive day of strike action across the country                                                                      

07 December What a day! The biggest of the 'Dirty 7' big contractors Balfour Beatty (BBES) may have outlawed the strike by their electricians but today December 7th saw protests, stoppages and walkouts all over the country...read more

 

NSSN statement on November 30th and further action   06 December The day before the strike, with pure arrogance and clear hatred of the working class, Osborne announced the next tranche of attacks on us. On top of the 300,000 public sector workers who have been sacked over the last year, a further 400,000 plus are in their sights...read more

 

Unilever national strike action: Private sector joins the pensions battle                                                                            06 December Unilever, a massive food, drink and cleaning products multinational, will see it's first national strike action this week over pensions. In the aftermath of November 30th and the governments rhetoric of "gold plaited" public sector pensions versus private sector, the NSSN believes this will be a significant dispute. The following article is an appeal for solidarity from a union activist at Unilever. The NSSN urges all its readers and supports to visit picket lines in solidarity with this important dispute...read more 

 

N30: Reports from around the country                              01 December The picket lines and strike rallies throughout the UK on 30th November were a magnificent and massive display of workers' opposition to the government's attacks on pensions...read more

 

Clarification: Balfour Beatty threaten injunction against electricians strike                                                      01 December Earlier today we reported that Balfour Beatty had received an injunction from the courts to stop the electricians strike on December 7th...read more

 

Breaking News: Balfour Beatty electricians vote for strike action                                                                                 

29 November The NSSN has just received word that Balfour Beatty M&E workers have voted 81.6% in favour of strike action. The NSSN congratulates all Unite electricians for this excellent result...read more

 

Pictures: NSSN placards for November 30th strike day   29 November The big day is nearly here. In less than 24 hours 3 million public sector workers will walk out of work. They will be making history as the largest strike since the 1926 General Strike takes place...read more

 

Victory for Unite Honda steward Paddy Brennan            25 November The NSSN has received the news that Paddy Brennan, Unite convenor at the Swindon Honda factory, has had his suspension lifted by management...read more

 

Sparks pay wage cutting Gratte Brothers a surprise visit

23 November Construction electricians brought their campaign of defiance to the home of one of the 'Dirty Seven' contractors in London today. Over 150 sparks marched from their morning protest at Kings Cross to the headquarters of Grattes Brothers and occupied the foyer of the office for over an hour...read more

 

A message of solidarity to November 30th strikers from Pakistani workers                                                       23 November On behalf of the Workers Alliance Party (WAP- Pakistan) we strongly condemn the anti-working class decisions taken by the Government of UK, in slashing down the salaries, retirement benefits and social security measures of the working people...read more

 

Joint Sites Committee urgent appeal for donations         17 November Dear Comrades in the trade union movement. No doubt you are aware of the Rank and File movement by construction workers mainly led by electricians...read more

 

Sparks protest across the country                                   17 November A brief round up of protests across the country on the 16 November...read more

 

Victimisation of RMT activist Paul Kelly: Urgent solidarity needed                                                                         17 November (Statement from Mick Tosh, RMT Portsmouth & Chair of Portsmouth TUC)...read more

 

Further Sparks protest at Farringdon: Bosses lock themselves in!                                                                                16 November Over 100 electricians and supporters gathered at Farringdon station this morning as the struggle to defend the Joint Industry Board (JIB) Agreement continued....read more

 

Victory for RMT cleaners at John Laing!                            16 November Yesterday the NSSN website reported on the disgraceful collusion between John Laing management and the UK Border Force to break union organisation at the company...read more

 

Sparks picket Chorus Steel plant                                       15 November Emboldened by last weeks protest in London, around 200 sparks turned up at Corus Steel (Monday 14 November).  Both Corus gates were obstructed and traffic tailed back for a couple of miles from the entrances...read more

 

John Laing/Border Agency attack on RMT members! Come to protest on 16 November                                       

15 November (Taken from a recent RMT CLEANERS bulletin. Full bulletin can be viewed here) In a scene reminiscent of fascist Europe in the 1930s up to 30 John Laing Workers were rounded up and detained by the UK Border Agency. These included RMT members and one of our union Reps on the London Overground cleaning contract...read more

 

NSSN condemns police kettling of construction electricians                                                                                      11 November The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) condemns the actions of the police yesterday (November 9th) in kettling over 200 construction electricians for well over an hour. Workers, including many in their 50s and 60s, were left standing within a ring of riot police with no access to food, drink or toilet facilities...read more

 

Justice for Shrewsbury Pickets Campaign: Historic 40 year fight 1972-2012                                                          10 November (From the Justice for Shrewsbury Campaign) The Construction Industry is notorious as the most dangerous industry to work in. More workers are killed & injured in Construction than any other industry...read more

 

Sites shut as construction workers march through City of London

09 November Today's national demonstration of construction workers in London started with a rank and file led protest outside the Pinnacle tower building site on Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street station.... read more

 

Reject the government's new pension offer - All out together on N30!

03 November 28 days before the pension strike ,its the government that has blinked first. A day before Unison announces that a million of its members will be on strike on November 30th after they voted for strike action, Danny Alexander puts a 'final' offer on the table...read more

 

Unison votes Yes to November 30th strike

03 November Unison members have delivered a decisive answer to ConDem attacks on their pensions with an over whelming vote for strike action on November 30th...read more

 

Electricians protest targets Balfour site on Newcastle University                                                                           03 November Around 40 turned up to leaflet the Balfour site at Newcastle University yesterday. The mood of the sparks on the protest was buoyant...read more

 

Sparks protest forces Balfour Beatty off Carrington Site                                                                                      02 November Continued protest at the Carrington paper-mill site halted traffic at the site this morning, causing traffic to back up for miles on either side of the site entrance. Showing that protest works, Balfour Beatty have lost the contract for the second part of the Carrington job...read more

 

London Sparks break media blackout                        

02 November London electricians took their fight against pay cuts and deskilling to the Gratts-run site at 110 Cannon Street this Wednesday morning. Sparks had vowed to return last week after a site manager boasted he would pay all constriction workers £1 an hour if it were up to him...read more

 

Barnsley UCU to strike against union victimisation        02 November Barnsley College UCU branch begins a five-day strike on Friday 4th November against the compulsory redundancy threat to its Assistant Branch Secretary Graham Mustin this Friday...read more

 

Site manager admits sparks wage cutting scandal          26 October A site manager on the Land Securities owned 110 Cannon Street development has admitted the wage cutting plans of employers...read more

  

Blacklist Support Group AGM                                          24 October "One of the worst cases of organised human rights abuse ever in the UK" So said John McDonnell MP in 2009 following the discovery by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) of the illegal Consulting Association database containing personal sensitive information about 3200 building workers...read more

 

Video: Sparks protest at Blackfriars Balfour Beatty site 

20 October Here is a short video from yesterday's protest by electricians at Balfour Beatty's Blackfriars site. Courtesy of the Socialist Party...read more

 

Sparks protest returns to Blackfriars as Unite declare strike ballot                                                                     19 October This week’s protest at Blackfriars Balfour Beatty site began in full darkness at 6:30 this morning. Along with the cold weather it was a sign winter is just around the corner. Despite the chilly weather the struggle between electricians and big seven electrical contractor’s rages on as hot as ever...read more

 

Unison branch secretary Vik Chechi suspended: Urgent solidarity needed!                             

18 October Vik Chechi, the Unison Branch Secretary of Queen Mary University in east London has this afternoon been suspended by his employer. We suspect that this is with a clear view to sack him because management wants to weaken the union and the anti-cuts campaign in the University which has united staff and students...read more

 

Siteworker calls on construction workers not to sign new agreement                                                             

17 October Regular readers of the NSSN website will be aware of the epic struggle being waged by construction workers against the whole sale destruction of their industries terms and conditions. These attacks have been presented to construction workers in the latest Building Engineering Services National Agreement (BESNA). You can read the BESNA in full here...read more

 

Successful West Mids NSSN conference                          17 October More than 30 trade unionists attended the West Midlands conference of the NSSN held in Birmingham on Saturday...read more

 

Lincoln TUC opposes anti-migrant march                         11 October Dean Everitt of Wyberton near Boston, has announced that he will be organising a march against immigration on Saturday 19th November in Boston, Lincolnshire...read more

 

Ratcliffe sparks protest                                                     11 October A protest by around 100 construction electricians at Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station in Notts on Friday, 7 October, had a big impact...read more

 

60 workers sacked as bosses make a million                11 October Unite members at printers Wyndeham Impact in Basingstoke protested last Friday outside the closed factory to continue their fight for their jobs, unpaid wages, holiday pay, sick pay and against the previous sacking of two printers...read more

                                                           

NSSN statement - No secret talks - No retreat on N30 pensions strike                                                              06 October The front page of the Independent this Thursday October 6th has an article claiming that TUC leader Brendan Barber has been to Tory Party conference this week for secret talks with ConDem minsters to try to "avert mass strikes". If this is true, union activists will be outraged. The NSSN recognises the need for negotiations but these should be out in the open, involving all those unions preparing to take action on November 30th (N30), which could see up to 3 million public sector workers on strike - more than on the first day of the 1926 general strike... read more

Southampton Unite calls all council workers out on strike

05 October As part of the ongoing dispute with Southampton City Council over imposed cuts to pay and conditions, the Unite stewards committee took a decision on Tuesday 27th September to call ALL members of UNITE out on strike on Thursday 6th October...read more

 

The workers who won’t go away: Electricians block rush hour traffic on Oxford Street. Protests continue in the North West 

05 October Electricians took the fight to defend their wages and conditions into the heart of London’s shopping district this morning, with over 300 blocking traffic for half an hour on Oxford Street...read more

 

Youth March for a future begins in historic Jarrow: A marcher writes about the first day

05 October On October 1st a recreation of the Jarrow march for jobs set off from the North West. The march has been organised by Youth Fight for Jobs and aims to highlight the problem of youth unemployment. The following article is a moving account of the first day of the march from one of the marchers, Ben Robinson, Chair of Youth Fight for Jobs...read more

 

Rank and file meeting in Manchester to escalate electricians action

05 October Up to 100 construction electricians from across the north and north-west met in Manchester on 1st October to organise from below in defence of pay and conditions...read more

A weekend of protest in Manchester and Scotland    05 October 35,000 people travelled to Manchester city centre on Sunday 2nd October to march against the anti-working class policies of the Conservative party...read more

  

Construction electricians invade Kings Cross station

28 September Hundreds of construction workers held an impromptu protest and rally on the main concourse at Kings Cross train station this morning...read more

 

NSSN Midlands Conference

28 September The Conference is open to all trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners. The event will include sessions on strengthening unions in unionised workplaces and building unions in unorganised workplaces, as well as sessions to discuss building the NSSN across the Midlands...read more

 

Lecturers mark black day for pensions

28 September  October 3rd, UCU members in pre-1992 universities will be marking the imposition of changes to the USS pension system by wearing black...read more

 

Dancing Dragon joins anti-cuts campaigners in Nuneaton

27 September A group of campaigners against the government’s austerity cuts returned to Nuneaton this weekend, promoting the Jarrow2London2011 march which visits Nuneaton in October, and were joined by the Choy Lee Fut Lion and Dragon Dance team from Hinckley who entertained shoppers on the outdoor market. The Lion Dancers and Drummers signed the petition and posed with RMT shop steward Paul Reilly from Nuneaton Against the Cuts...read more

 

STOP PRESS: Wildcat strikes in Saltend and West Burton

26 September construction industry electricians have taken unofficial strike action at Saltend and West Burton today over threats to cut JIB rates. These workers then took part in a 400 strong protest outside Lindsey Oil Refinery and Conoco Phillips on the Humber. More reports to follow.

 

"If they go ahead with these wage cuts, all we'll have is an existence – not a life!": Two reports from protests in Manchester and North Tyneside

22 September About 20 electricians protested from 6.30 a.m. outside the Manchester Town Hall construction site on Wednesday. The site entrances were all barred and guarded by security so it was more like a lockdown than a workplace...read more

 

Construction workers invade Crossrail site

21 September “We are Sparks. We are Sparks. We are, We are, We are Sparks” was the chant heard on the Crossrail Farringdon building site as hundreds of electricians, (“and a carpenter!”) staged a mass invasion of the site this morning...read more

 

Printers in Basingstoke defy bullying management

21 September As reported in last week's Socialist, print workers at Wyndeham Impact in Basingstoke are now in their twentieth week of industrial action...read more

 

Youth Workers' strike and lobby in Witney, Oxfordshire

21 September Even in the heart of his supposedly leafy constituency, "Disco Dave" is unable to escape the outcry caused by his government's policies...read more

 

Rank-and-file Trade Unionists Welcome Call for Public Sector-wide Strikes on 30 November

14 September Rank-and-file trade unionists have welcomed the announcement from the TUC today that a ‘day of action’ will take place on 30 November, including strike action across the public sector, to defend pensions, jobs and services...read more

 

Electricians Protest Targets Olympics Site

14 September Another protest against the attacks on national agreements in the electrical and mechanical construction sector took place on Wednesday 14 September at the Olympic site in East London. About 100 workers and their supporters gathered to protest against the attempts to deskill the industry by eight major construction companies...read more

NSSN calls on TUC to open the floodgates of mass action

11 September The 11th September 2011 was the day the role of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) in the labour movement gained further recognition. Around 700 trade unionists representing hundreds of thousands of workers from all over the country came to put pressure on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to take action to defend our living standards.

They heard trade union leaders Bob Crow, Mark Serwotka and other militant union leaders make fighting speeches. Following a marvellous demonstration to the TUC headquarters, the TUC deputy general secretary, Frances O'Grady, accepted the NSSN's letter and petition urging this week's Congress to organise coordinated action, and saluted the role played by the shop stewards present...
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Moves being made towards public sector strike in November

8 September Unison has called an emergency Local Government Service Group Executive a week Friday. The expectation is that a motion will be put to the meeting requesting an industrial action ballot which could mean them striking with the other unions in the week beginning November 7th to defend public sector pensions...read more

 

Banbury Strike

7 August Youth workers action take strike action again this Friday. All youth centres on David Cameron’s constituency are due to close,. So our members thought that while on strike they should march and lobby Cameron’s constituency office...read more

 

Electricians Protests Spread

6 August For the third week running a London construction site was besieged by hundreds of electricians protesting at the 'Big 8' construction companies' plans to withdraw from the national JIB agreement next March, which will force many of these workers' wages down by 35%...read more

 

Strike Together in November!

6 September The Trade Union Congress is OUR organisation. Its 6 million workers keep the wheels of life turning. Potentially a powerful organised force, it could defeat the ConDems and challenge their right to rule in the interests of their greedy big business friends...read more

 

Siteworker North West Update

5 September If we don’t fight, we will lose ten times more than we might possibly do by going on strike. We have to fight—we have no choice. WE CONDEMN THE eight companies which walked away from the JIB agreement, but we condemn the others still sitting round the table while sticking the boot in...read more

 

31st August - further day of protest by construction workers

31st August As part of their ongoing campaign against the 'Big 8' construction employers' attempts to impose a 35% cut in wages, hundreds of electricians and other construction workers protested this morning outside the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford in East London...read more

 

POA statement: The reality of prison life after the riots

25 August Glyn Travis and Joe Simpson, assistant secretaries of the Prison Officers Association (POA) set out some of the key issues faced by staff working in prisons following the recent riots...read more

 

Hundreds of electricians picket Balfour Beatty site at Blackfriars station

24 August Hundreds of electricians protested outside the Balfour Beatty site at Blackfriars train station today...read more

 

Electricians’ unofficial action kicks off Wednesday morning

23 August The first shots in the electricians pay dispute will be fired in anger tomorrow morning (Wednesday 24th August) with action taking place in London, Manchester and Liverpool against the threat of a 35% pay cut. The centre of the unofficial action is the Balfour Beatty Engineering Services project at Blackfriars Station...read more

 

Wave of wildcat action to hit construction industry

19 August [From Site Worker, a magazine for rank and file activists in the construction industry] The UK construction industry seems set for an autumn of strikes. 500 rank & file construction workers from around the country voted unanimously to organise a series of unofficial wildcat strikes in opposition to the 35% pay cut proposed by the construction employers...read more

 

Unite youth workers take strike action in Cameron's constituency: Messages of solidarity needed

19 August The following message is an appeal for solidarity from Unite CYWU (Community & Youth Workers Union) section in Oxfordshire...read more

 

Connexions strike in Bristol: Report from the picket lines

19 August Staff from Connexions in Bristol took strike action last Thursday, joined by colleagues from across the former Avon area...read more

 

Show your support for Remploy worker fighting redundancy: Sign the petition against the Sayce report

19 August Dear all, would you please sign the following online petition to save Remploy from the greedy hands of the those who have written the Sayce Report (named after the chief executive of the charity RADAR) published on the 9th of June 2011...read more

 

Stop the closure of Caradog House Jobcentre

19 August With rising unemployment and numbers of people claiming benefit it would be a massive mistake to close jobcentres. Caradog House Jobcentre is one of 22 offices currently in a consultation period about closure...read more

 

Massive vote in favour to continue action against cuts
12 August At a packed meeting of over 600 union members, Southampton council workers voted by 4 to 1 to continue their industrial action against pay cuts and imposed new contracts...read more
 

NSSN statement on riots

9 August Back in September 2009 TUC general secretary Brendan Barber predicted that the government’s cuts would lead to riots. His prediction has been borne out as riots have broken out across London and other cities...read more

 

Remploy Workers Protest - Appeal for support UPDATED

8 August A group of Remploy workers are coming down to London this week from North Staffordshire to protest against RADAR Chief Executive Liz Sayce's calling for the closure of Remploy factories. They would appreciate your support...read more

 

RMT exposes another massive flaw in Thameslink contract

4 August Rail union RMT today repeated the call for the Government to halt the Thameslink fleet contract award after it revealed that preferred bidder Siemens don't have a tried, tested and compliant set of bogies (the framework carrying the wheels) in production...read more

 

Union activists call on leaders to organise pension strikes

3 August In September, over a thousand trade union shop stewards will be lobbying the TUC conference in London as the battle grows against the ConDem Coalition's cuts...read more

 

UNITE saves jobs at Tenant Services Authority

2 August TSA Unite members (who belong to the Unite Housing Workers’Branch) have successfully overturned management proposals for a mass extension of trial periods which could have placed members at risk of compulsory redundancy...read more

 

Unite against all cuts - No to racism and division

31 July Waltham Forest, a north east London borough, saw a victory for working class unity against division on Saturday 30 July. Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union (WFACU) and other local groups were out in force in Walthamstow town square in a show of strength and unity against cuts but also against attempts to divide our movement...read more

 

HONDA - Reinstate Paddy Brennan! UPDATED

28 July The National Shop Stewards Network has just received word that Paddy Brennan, UNITE Convenor at the Swindon Honda plant has been suspended from work...read more

 

Thousands rally to save Bombardier jobs

26 July On Saturday 23 July, up to ten thousand people marched through the streets of Derby against the massacre of jobs at Bombardier. This was an important step in the campaign to save Bombardier jobs, with members of the workforce, their families and community members, alongside trade unionists from across the country joining the march...read more

 

RMT backs NSSN lobby of TUC

22 July The RMT Railworkers union is supporting the National Shop Stewards Network march and lobby of the TUC on September 11. In a demonstration of this support, RMT general secretary Bob Crow will be one of the speakers at the NSSN rally, taking place at Euston friends Meeting House before the September 11 march...read more

 

London meeting prepares for TUC lobby

22 July An excellent meeting on Monday 18 July, hosted by the National Shop Stewards Network in London, brought together a platform of leading trade unionists in the capital from the CWU, FBU, RMT, PCS and NUT to discuss how we build for joint action in the Autumn...read more

 

Shop stewards call for Bombardier nationalisation

21 July The people of Derby and beyond will be demonstrating, quite literally, their feelings about the devastation being wreaked at Bombardier and cuts in general, when they form thousands on Saturday marching through the city. Dave Gorton, Midlands coordinator of the National Shop Stewards Network, said today...read more

 

Support striking oil workers in Kazakhstan

21 July A major strike is raging in the Mangistau oblast in the west of Kazakhstan, where at its height; up to 16,000 workers in the oil industry have been on strike. This strike started at the end of May and has now been ongoing for over two months. These are workers for the national oil company, KazMunaiGas...read more

 

PCS backs NSSN lobby of TUC

20 July At its National Executive Committee meeting last week, the civil service union PCS agreed to fully support the National Shop Stewards Network march and lobby of the TUC on September 11. PCS will be moving a resolution at this year's TUC conference calling for co-ordinated industrial action to defend public sector pensions...read more

 

No to the jobs massacre in Derby

20 July The jobs massacre at Bombardier will devastate Derby and Britain’s manufacturing capacity if it is allowed to go ahead. The Derby Evening Telegraph reported “that Bombardier's Derby factory could be the epicentre of an economic earthquake that could level many other firms...read more

 

Defend Elaine McDonald & Disability Rights

18 July The Supreme Court has ruled in support of Kensington and Chelsea council’s withdrawal of overnight care to Elaine McDonald to save money. This will mean she will have no choice but to wear pads, although this is undignified and against her express wishes...read more

 

UNISON members demand: 'Prentis, name the date for strike action over pensions!'

11 July Many members of Britain’s biggest public sector union Unison were disappointed that they could not take action with fellow trade unionists on 30 June against the attacks on public sector pensions...read more

 

TUC – Call 24-hour public sector strike to stop pensions robbery

8 July We believe that 30th June was the opening salvo. To win we need to turn this three-quarters of a million into 4-5 million in the next round of industrial action in the autumn, involving all public sector unions, and thereby scuppering the machinations of the government to drive a wedge into the trade union movement between the NUT, UCU, ATL and PCS and the other three big unions Unison, Unite and GMB...read more

 

Unions announce demonstration in Derby over Bombardier job cuts

6 July Unions representing the Bombardier workforce in Derby confirmed today that they will be mobilising a mass demonstration on Saturday 23rd July in the city in protest at plans to axe over 1400 jobs as a result of the Governments’ refusal to award the company the Thameslink carriage contract...read more

 

NSSN Staffordshire report of 30th June & follow-up meeting

6 July NSSN Staffordshire activists visited UCU picket lines at Stoke-on-Trent College and Newcastle College as well as PCS pickets at Hanley Job Centre, the Tax Office in Hanley and the largest picket of the day at the DWP across the road in Albion Square...read more

 

Successful NSSN meeting in Coventry

5 July Following on from the inspiring national conference of the NSSN, supporters of the NSSN in Coventry called a meeting titled ‘What next after 30th June?’ on the evening of the strikes that saw huge support across the city for those taking action to defend pensions...read more

 

Remploy workers protest against threatened redundancy

4 July Remploy workers will be protesting against the proposed closure of all Remploy factories as recommended by The Sayce Report...read more

 

Fawley refinery construction engineers summarily sacked 

4 July Protesting outside Gate 1 at the massive Exxon refinery at Fawley, Southampton, twenty locked out fabrication workers began their fight after being sacked without their redundancy rights last Thursday...read more

 

June 30: Local reports from around the country

3 July Rally and march in Powys; Two strike meetings for the price of one in Surrey!; London: '80-90% of schools closed or partially closed across London - look around and feel your strength!'...read more

 

June 30: A shot across the bough of the ConDem government

1 July Yesterday was an amazing day for the fight-back against pension cuts and beyond! A demonstration of what can be achieved when the unions move into action! ...read more

 

LSBU lecturers take strike action to defend pay and conditions

June 29 Lecturers from the UCU are taking strike action today at London Southbank University (LSBU). Rob Williams NSSN Chair spoke to the pickets...read more

 

NSSN to lobby TUC Congress: 11 September

June 28 The National Shop Stewards Network will be organising a lobby of the 'mini' TUC Congress on 11th of September to press the demand for general strike action in the public sector in the autumn...read more

 

London Trade Unions battle ConDem cuts: Public Meeting

June 28 Monday 18th July 6pm Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6AQ. Some of the strongest and most militant unions in London invite you to come along to discuss what we can do now to help get all our unions up for concerted action to stop ALL cuts...read more

 

Petroplus is trying to silence the trade union movement in Belgium: Solidarity needed

June 28 On Monday, June 20, BRC sacked three members of the ABVV, two of which were protected employees, because they had participated in trade union activities during the night of June 13...read more

 

'Pay more, work longer, get less' remains government position says PCS.                                                                                   27 June Speaking after today's meeting with ministers over the government's plans to cut public sector pensions, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "It was disappointing that the meeting proved to be no different to any of the others - it was a farce. Again the government has shown no interest in actually negotiating on any of the key principles at the heart of this dispute"...read more

 

Urgent solidarity needed: Police attack protestors in Northern Italy, Fiom calls 8 hour strike in protest

27 June At 5am this morning, 2,000 police stormed the protests camps in Val di Suza, northern Italy, to try to start work on the High Velocity Train line (TAV). The construction of the TAV has faced fierce opposition from local residents and trade unions for a number of years...read more

 

A letter of thanks to the NSSN from Youth Fight for Jobs

27 June  Youth Fight for Jobs would like to thank the NSSN for supporting and publicising our campaign. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Jarrow march. In 1936 200 unemployed men marched from Jarrow in the North-East to London. They were demanding jobs and that the government do something to alleviate the miserable living conditions they faced...read more

 

June 30th strike rallies and demonstrations across the country

June 24 Over 750,000 workers will be out on strike on June 30th. If you are not on strike yourself on the NSSN would urge you to take a group from your workplace to visit the picket lines and show your support. You can also attend the lunch time marches and rallies that will be taking place up and down the country. Some marches and rallies on the day...read more

 

Lincoln Trades Council Rallies Local Movement to Support June 30th                                                                                     June 24 Brothers and sisters, We are now one week away from the biggest day of industrial action that the Con-Dem coalition has faced since its coming to power. 750,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants will stop work in a co-ordinated day of action. The primary unifying issue is the massive attack on public-sector pensions. Pay more, get less, work 'til we drop? No thanks!...read more

 

RMT takes protest over McNulty rail carve up right to his doorstep at major rail industry conference                           June 24 Rail union RMT has called a demonstration outside Liverpools BT Conference Centre at 08.30 AM on Tuesday 28th June 2011 when Sir Roy McNulty - the architect of the Governments Rail Review carve-up - will be addressing a major railway industry conference...read more

 

Breaking News: Arwyn Thomas re-instated by London Underground

23 June The NSSN has been informed by reps in the RMT that a deal has been reached between the union and London Underground management that will allow Arwyn to resume his employment...read more

 

Employment Tribunal finds Arwyn Thomas was unfairly dismissed

23 June Arwyn Thomas’s Employment Tribunal yesterday found that the London Underground driver was unfairly dismissed and that "no reasonable employer would have dismissed him in these circumstances."...read more

 

Unions take campaign on to the streets over plans to export 180 North East rail call centre jobs                                            23 June RAIL UNIONS RMT and TSSA will be holding a joint campaigning event this Friday - 24th June - in Newcastle over plans to axe and export 180 customer call centre jobs by East Coast railways...read more

 

North Staffs NSSN and PCS Build Support for Strike Action on 30th June

22 June Trade union reps and members from the PCS, NUT, CWU Postal, CWU Telecoms, Unison, GMB and Unite met last night in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent to plan building support for workers taking strike action on 30 June...read more

 

Statement Agreed at NSSN Conference 2011

This NSSN Conference applauds the NSSN intervention on the TUC March 26th demonstration. The NSSN produced 40,000 flyers, 1,500 placards and held an alternative stage – all calling for a public private sector general strike to stop ALL cuts and defend pensions....read more

 

Defend the UCU in Wales - Stop victimisation at Coleg Morgannwg

16 June Management at Coleg Morgannwg have initiated disciplinary action against Guy Stoate, President of UCU Wales and NEC member.  It has taken them two months to decide to act over a trivial incident on the picket line during the 24th March strike...read more 

 

Support for Tamil Solidarity at NSSN conference

15 June Tamil Solidarity would like to thank the National Shop Stewards Network for providing us with a table at its national conference last Saturday (11 June)...read more

 

NSSN conference - serious and inspiring preparation for the battles to come

14 June As seven workers from Honda Swindon were leaving the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on Saturday 11 June, one car worker remarked: "I wish we could have brought a coachload!"...read more

 

Austerity and Anger in Greece

14 June Apostolis Kasimeris, one of the leaders of the OASA bus workers’ union in Athens, gave this speech to the National Shop Stewards Network Conference in London...read more

 

Appeal from UNITE @ Fujitsu - Defend Alan Jenney

13 June UNITE members at Fujitsu are asking for your support. Like many companies, Fujitsu is impacted by the government cuts and recession. But instead of working with staff to deal with the problems that this creates, the company is trying to force through various detrimental changes without proper consultation...read more

 

NSSN Conference builds support for united action

13 June A packed hall at the South Camden Community School saw around 350 stewards and workplace reps from unions and workplaces across Britain gather for the fifth annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network...read more

 

Save Remploy factories

8 June Liz Sayce of RADAR is launching her report on Employment Support for Disabled People on 9 June. The report will call for the closure of the remaining Remploy factories, thus condemning these last couple of thousand disabled workers to a life of misery and failure by the state...read more

 

NSSN Conference this weekend!

8 June The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference will meet on Saturday 11 June in Camden, London, to help take forward the battle against all cuts and attacks on workers' pay, pensions and conditions being made by the government, councils and big businesses...read more

 

Teachers in Coventry step up action over Academies

8 June Concern over the speed that some of Coventry's schools are taking to become Academies, was further highlighted today as Woodlands School was given the go ahead to become an Academy...read more

 

Greek Trade Union Leader to speak at NSSN Conference

3 June The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has announced that Apostolis Kasimeris a member of the Executive Committee of the Union of Public Transport Workers in Attica (Athens and Pireaus region) will speak at their 5th annual conference...read more

 

No to cuts, closures and privatisation in Royal Mail

2 June Postal workers in London have voted by four to one (79%) in favour of strike action against plans to shut three mail centres and one delivery office: Mount Pleasant, Nine Elms, Rathbone Place and Twelve Trees...read more

 

Save London’s Ambulance Service!

1 June London Ambulance Service recently announced 890 job cuts over five years. This is staggering, especially when considering the yea-on-year increase in emergency calls to the service, an increase we can expect to continue with an ageing population and deteriorating social conditions...read more

 

NSSN needed to fight anti-strike laws 

31 May RMT is currently taking the British government to the European Court of Human Rights for outlawing the right to take sympathetic (or solidarity) action - banned as 'secondary action' by Thatcher’s government in 1985 in breach of international law, write RMT president Alex Gordon...read more 

 

Saltend dispute update

30 May The heroic struggle by engineering construction workers locked out from work on the bio-ethanol plant at BP Saltend near Hull has ended after nearly 3 months. The fight by 400 workers to win back their jobs, after their contractor Redhalls was thrown off the job by Vivergo the BP owned client...read more

 

NSSN Conference: Unite to stop the cuts

26 May The mood to fight the cuts, which brought over half a million onto the streets on 26 March, has been boiling up. Thousands of trade unionists have voted to support strike action against the cuts. Most recently the Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference has voted unanimously to work with other trade unions and campaigning organisations to stop the cuts...read more

 

Southampton city council workers strike

24 May "No ifs, no buts, you can stick your Tory cuts", "Cut my pay, no way" were the angry chants of Southampton refuse workers out on strike against savage cuts to pay...read more

 

New report 'shatters the governments case' for pension cuts

23 May A House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report "The impact of the 2007-2008 changes to public service pensions" confirms what unions have been saying - that  there is no need for public sector workers to be paying in more for their pensions...read more

 

Unions join forces to build two million-strong alliance against coalition savagery

20 May Two million workers in the UK joining together can fend off savage attacks on working people and their families. That will be the message from Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the country's biggest union when he addresses the conference of the PCS...read more

 

RMT name strike dates in victimisation dispute

4 May RMT today announced strike dates after members voted by almost two to one for strike action in a ballot of all train operator and instructor operator members in the on-going disputes over the victimisation of union activists including two driver members...read more

 

BP/Saltend: Solidarity action builds for locked-out workers

3 May The 400 Redhall construction workers, locked-out for 2 months by BP/Vivergo from the bio-ethanol plant at Saltend, Hull, received two big boosts to their campaign for reinstatement last week...read more

 

Workers Memorial Day 2011

28 April Remember the dead, fight for the living - this is our slogan every April 28th. A construction worker was killed at DP World London Gateway site in Thurrock last Saturday...read more

 

NUT votes for strike action over pensions

23 April NUT conference voted almost unanimously (with only two abstentions!) to start a strike ballot against the ConDems’ attacks on their pensions. The strike day is likely to be on June 30th – already pencilled in by other public sector unions like UCU, PCS and ATL...read more

 

Saltend Update - The Struggle Continues

20 April At a mass meeting of the locked-out workers today, Vivergo's offer of cash was rejected and it was agreed to re-start the protest in the morning. If the deal had been agreed, it would have entailed the two unions GMB and UNITE signing a COT3 collective bargaining agreement preventing any worker taking further action either legally at a tribunal...read more

 

NSSN at the Trade Union conferences

19 April This years Trade Union conferences will be buzzing following the TUC demonstration of over half a million people on the 26 March. There will be vital discussions taking place about how the mass opposition to cuts can be galvanised and generalised strike action can be organised to defeat this rotten government...read more

Enthusiastic support for call centres strike

18 April: Hundreds of call centre workers supported the strike by PCS (civil service union) in the Department of Work and Pensions today over inhuman working conditions and a bad service to benefit claimants...read more

 

Wales SSN sets up an anti-cuts committee

17 April: A Wales Shop Stewards Network (WSSN) conference of trade unionists and campaigners fighting the cuts has agreed to set up a Wales anti-cuts committee. This event was particularly important as the Wales TUC is not holding a conference this year...read more

 

Locked-out construction workers take the fight to BP

15 April: Locked-out BP Saltend workers took their fight straight to the company's fat cats at BP's AGM in London Docklands' Excell Centre yesterday. Shareholders big and small had to face workers from...read more

 

PCS members in Jobcentreplus to strike

13 April: PCS entered into negotiations in good faith but management have shown little willingness to resolve the dispute. So PCS has called for a day's strike action in all the 37 Jobcentreplus call centres on Monday 18th April...read more

 

NUJ conference calls for the TUC to organise general strike

The NUJ conference taking place in Southport has voted for the TUC to be called on to organise a 24-hour general strike against the government's cuts onslaught...read more

 

Olympics site picketed: End the Blacklist!

On the morning of 7 April, the Olympics site was picketed by workers from across the trade union movement in support of victimised RMT member Frank Morris. Frank was sacked from his job by the company Daltech after blowing the whistle on the use of an illegal blacklist to disbar trade unionists from getting work on the site. This is the second time in a month that the Olympics site has been picketed and traffic onto the site was backed up from 7:00am...read more

 

An open letter to the TUC
The TUC demonstration on Saturday March 26th was a massive success. We congratulate the General Council in implementing conference policy so successfully - "Congress resolves that all TUC affiliates will urgently work together to build a broad solidarity alliance of unions and communities under threat and organise a national demonstration, lobby of Parliament and national days of protest against the government...read more
 

Ford workers call for strike against attacks on their pensions

Strike action is looming in Ford as the patience of both workers and pensioners runs out. The car giant is intent on pushing ahead with changing the way in which pensions are increased in retirement to take account of inflation (index-linking) so that they will be based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the present Retail Price Index (RPI)...read more

 

POA fights privatisation

POA members at Birmingham, Winson Green prison held a protest meeting on Friday  in response to the viscous privatisation plan for their prison, spelled out yesterday in parliament. Up to a hundred workers temporarily walked out of the prison after the meeting, to stand on the front steps as local branch secretary Brian Clarke addressed the media and held a short protest rally...read more

 

Don't privatise Prisons - Support the POA!

The Con-Dems have sold Birmingham prison to private security firm G4S. This is the first existing public sector prison to be contracted out. The POA prison officers’ union opposes privatisation and has warned that it will challenge the move. According to the BBC justice minister Ken Clarke told MPs the “military are involved” in contingency plans should prison officers stage a strike...read more

After the TUC march - where now for the battle against the cuts?

Last October on the day before Osborne announced the ConDems' cuts package, Brendan Barber was asked by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight why British workers didn't fight like their counterparts in France? Paxman pointed to the TUC rally that day of 3,000 while French workers were on strike. Saturday's massive demo should finally dispel this myth...read more

 

Visteon pensions protest hits parliament

Up to 200 Visteon pensioners demonstrated outside Parliament today as Ford executives met MPs. It was apt that the meeting took place almost two years to the day since Visteon UK went into administration - resulting in 600 workers being immediately sacked as Belfast, Basildon and Enfield plants closed. It was only because of a heroic campaign of occupations and pickets that a decent redundancy was won. This battle set the example for the pension campaign...read more

 

PCS wins ballot in Jobcentreplus contact centres

70% of PCS members voted yes to support strike action to improve working conditions in Jobcentreplus contact centres across the UK.  This was in the face of wide-scale intimidation from management trying to frighten members to vote no...read more

 

Protest continues at Saltend - Hundreds attend mass picket

At 6:00am on Monday 28th March, 800 construction workers and other trade unionists assembled outside the gates of the Saltend construction site. Many of those in attendance were still recovering from the journey down to London and back on Saturday to protest against the governments vicious cuts agenda. But another early morning was needed as 400 construction workers have now been locked out of the site by the contractor Redhalls for nearly a fortnight...read more

 

NSSN Stage on 26th March Demonstration

The TUC-organised demonstration against cuts on the 26th March looks set to be the biggest display of anger and and opposition to the cuts since this shambles of a coalition government came to power last year. National Shop Stewards Network supporters up and down the country were involved in the campaign to get the TUC to call the demonstration and have been helping to build for the big day, which is now finally here...read more

 

London Fire Service: AssetCo meeting to discuss crisis

The crisis engulfing AssetCo - the company which owns London's fire engines and provides strikebreaking fire crews - worsened today after its shares were suspended following a bitter internal rift over a proposed recovery strategy. Chief executive and largest shareholder John Shannon was said to be fighting it out with other senior figures after he refused to approve a funding package which would see £16million raised through a discounted share sale...read more

 

Saltend - The Background to the Lock-out

A couple of weeks ago Redhalls (the company thrown off the site by Vivergo allegedly on 11th March) had attempted to issue redundancies that would have breached the NAECI agreement. Approximately two weeks ago Redhall's had attempted to issue redundancies on the basis of first in last out that Redhall construction workers themselves had insisted upon, however...read more

 

Support the UCU strike

The lecturers' union, UCU, will be carrying out rolling strike action from 17 March culminating in a national day of action on 24 March. This week includes budget day and leads well into the TUC demonstration on 26 March. The government and university managements are attempting to impose thousands of job cuts...read more

End the Lock-out now! Solidarity needed to defend the Blue Book agreement

In talks with the trade union officials, Redhalls made an offer of a financial pay-off which was put to a mass meeting on Monday 21st March. Four hundred locked-out Redhalls workers unanimously rejected this pay-off of up to £3,000 each. It was not seen as satisfactory in compensating for loss of earnings and severence. Crucially, it does not ensure any TUPE rights or future employment on this contract...read more

 

A tribute to Jayaben Desai and her role in the Grunwick strike of 1976-78

Jayaben Desai, one of the leading participants in the Grunwick strike of 1976-1978 died at the end of 2010. Brent Trades Union Council, itself heavily involved in supporting the strikers, is holding an event to commemorate her role on Sunday 17th April...read more

 

GMB warns BP, Du Pont and British Sugar of Lyndsey Mk II dispute at Hull construction site as 430 workers are locked out

GMB wants BP,Du Point and British Sugar to intervene to allay increasing fears that the £200m engineering construction project to build a bio fuel ethanol plant for them at the Saltend Site in Hull will be the scene of another Lindsey type dispute with the project manager Jacobs replacing the UK based labour force building the site with exploited overseas labour.  In 2009 Lindsey Oil Refinery was involved in a dispute over the exclusion of UK workers from the site to be replaced with lower paid overseas workers...read more

 

No cuts to Ford pensions!

About 100 Ford pensioners protested outside Ford's UK & European HQ in Brentwood in Essex today to lobby Ford management. They were meeting the plant convenors and senior staff reps along with national union officers about basing future rises in Ford pensions on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the Retail Price Index (RPI) to come into line with the ConDem pension changes...read more

 

400 construction workers fight lock-out at BP Saltend, Hull

400 engineering construction workers have been locked out from work since 14 March at BP Saltend near Hull. Arriving for work on Monday, they were told by managers that their company Redhalls had had their contract terminated by Vivergo who run the new bio-ethanol plant. Two weeks ago, these same workers took unofficial strike action and blockaded the BP site gates to win a victory forcing Redhalls to abide by the national industry agreement over redundancy procedures...read more

 

No to GSK Compulsory Redundancies

The GlaxoSmithKline Ware manufacturing site staff number has been more than halved since 2007 from 1,900 to around 900 employees, with these losses up to now mostly being met by voluntary redundancy. During the course of 2010, GSK has introduced lean manufacturing systems that have further reduced production-staffing levels and was widely seen that it would lead to another round of redundancies...read more

 

Don’t be fooled by Hutton – Fight to defend your pension!
Lord Hutton’s interview on Radio 4 this morning contained a series of distortions designed to confuse and divide opposition – we must not be fooled. First, he claims that ‘there is no alternative’, that we’re all living longer and so we have to work longer to pay for it. Don’t be fooled. The financial statistics don’t back up their claims. As the NUT has stated...read more
 

Solidarity Appeal from the front line in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, USA is currently the front line in a battle between a barmy state governor representing the bosses and a proud trade union movement representing the working class. It is a battle that is being keenly watched by working class people across the globe, but also by representatives of the employer elsewhere. Pay, terms, conditions and, fundamentally, the right to collective bargaining and collective action to defend and improve these, are in the line of fire...read more

 

Wales Shop Stewards Network Conference

A good number of trade unionists and community activists from Wales went to NSSN Anti-Cuts Conference in London on 22nd January.  Well over 500 shop stewards/workplace reps, community campaigners and students attended the conference and we took the decision to launch the NSSN Anti-cuts campaign...read more

 

RMT secures major court victory on right to strike paving the way for millions to take action over cuts to jobs and services

Transport union RMT this morning secured a major victory in the Court of Appeal over UK strike laws that will pave the way for millions to take action over cuts to jobs and services in the months ahead. RMT had appealed an injunction granted in the High Court in January preventing a 48 hour strike on Docklands Light Railway...read more

 

Victory at BP Saltend plant for 'illegal' strike

A one day strike took place on Wednesday 2nd March at BP Hull where a multi million pound project to build a Bio-fuels plant is being constructed. After lengthy discussions with the Redhalls management, shop stewards from the GMB and UNITE trade unions hit a brick wall over the way that Redhalls (the main construction contractor) wanted to carry out redundancies...read more

 

Stop Blacklisting on the Olympics - Re-instate Frank Morris

A lively and sizeable protest of trade unionists brought movement of vehicles onto the Olympic site to a halt this morning (Tuesday 1st March) in protest at the sacking of RMT member Frank Morris for boldly exposisng the use of an illegal blacklist. Frank was dismisses by the company Daletech after he raised concerns about the dismissal of a co-worker...read more

 

"No ifs, no buts - don't vote for Tory cuts!"

A little bit of Wisconsin came to Brixton last night as over 100 protestors invaded Lambeth Council's budget meeting after a lobby of about 300 local people. The visitor gallery was full and looked down on a meeting not of the Labour-majority councillors debating where to let the axe fall but anti-cuts campaigners holding an impromptu meeting on how to defeat the cuts...read more

NSSN Bulletin No. 32

As more and more councils set cuts budgets, the anger and frustration of workers and the local community is also rising. Good to hear Surrey County Councils decision to axe mobile library service is now on hold after campaigning. Whilst occupations in Lambeth and Leeds last night both expressed the lack of faith workers and community have in local councillors to fight for them...read more

 

FBU London Region Hardship Fund Fundraiser

On top of strike action during the London dispute, London members have been subjected to vindictive 20%, 40% and 60% deductions for working to their contract. The brigade has over the past 3 month deducted half a million pounds of London Fire-fighters money. This was particularly hard over the Christmas period.  Fire-fighters have been making up the shortfall as much as possible. This event will help raise much needed funds...read more

 

PCS vows to fight back against victimisation of trade unionists

One speaker summed it up perfectly when he declared "We are seeing a return to the Victorian, tyrannical employer", as bosses crack down on union activists and reps in preparation for the biggest attacks on jobs and conditions since the 1920s...read more

 

TATA Steelworks contract cleaners strike

Around 70 contract cleaners, working for OCS at the TATA Steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales are taking part in 2 days of strike action in a dispute over pay. Alec Thraves, spoke to Tony Eley, Community Branch Secretary on a determined picket line at the Margam site...read more

 

BA Dispute: Support the right to strike

Trade Unionists across the country will be shocked that, yet again, bosses at BA have forced UNITE Cabin Crew to re-ballot through a combination of intimidation and a ‘legal blitz’. Rob Williams, National Shop Stewards Network vice-chair and convenor of its anti-cuts committee said...read more

 

Reply to SWP website “Statement on the crisis in NSSN”

At the NSSN anti-cuts conference on 22nd January 2011 nearly 600 people - mostly workers with elected positions in trade union branches, trades councils, workplaces and anti-cuts alliances – came together and agreed to launch a national anti-cuts campaign...read more

 

Trade Unionists condemn Bosses' Organisation's proposals to attack workers rights

Trade Unionists reacted angrily yesterday to proposals from the Institute of Directors to further attack and undermine trade union rights and the ability of working people to fight back against the barrage of attacks coming from the employer and the government...read more

 

TUCG Health and Safety Week of Action: Stand up for safe workplaces!

The Government is trying to downplay health and safety practices as ‘jokes’ or ‘red-tape’ in order to push through a programme of de-regulation and job cuts to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which will put workers lives and dignity at risk. The TUCG is organising a week of action to stand up for safe workplaces and to defend the HSE from savage budget cuts...read more

 

Medirest Workers in Amersham and Wycombe take further action

For the third time in the past couple of months Medirest/Compass workers in Amersham and Wycombe Hospitals will be taking action to demand sick pay and other terms and conditions already given to their colleagues working in the NHS...read more

 

Anti-Cuts Conference Success

I want to thank everyone who attended and helped organise yesterday's excellent NSSN Anti-Cuts Conference in Camden. Well over 500 shop stewards/workplace reps, community campaigners and students debated whether the NSSN should launch an anti-cuts campaign...read more

 

Dundee workers challenge IDS: “Debate the Welfare Cuts!”

Dundee Unemployed Support Centre Organiser Harvey Duke came to London today to ask Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith to make his mind up to debate the welfare cuts in public...read more

 

The Royal Wedding?  No, a Royal strike!

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (Lancashire) is totally closed by a solid strike of NUT and NAS/UWT in protest at the head’s plans for an academy.  This is probably the first ever strike against Gove’s new ‘expressway’ academies...read more

 

Students – Come to NSSN Conference!

The student Day-X demo in London on 9 December marked a watershed. The atmosphere electric; young people high with excitement. Rough and ready placards pulled no punches; the chants exhilarating. I saw a group of school kids joining the demo chanting playfully “Revolution”. While students dared to hope their efforts would bring victory, most knew the vote would go against them...read more

 

North West SSN lobbies Manchester City Council

Shop Stewards Network supporters working and living in Manchester lobbied outside the Manchester city council meeting on Wednesday 8th December, with a great response from council workers and passers-by...read more

 

Young demonstrators battle police as Commons pass fee increases

Thousands of university, college and school students marched through London on Thursday 9 December as the university fee increases were voted through the House of Commons. Delegations from many universities joined art students and sixth formers from every corner of London in a vibrant and passionate day of action...read more

 

Steve Acheson Court Hearing

We got 6 or 7 people over to the Runcorn County Court to support Steve, much to the amazement of court officials.  It is a strange court, as only Steve was allowed in to a room where a judge sat in chambers, the rest of us had to wait in a room outside...read more

 

Students end Cambridge occupation with protest outside governing body meeting

The Cambridge occupation of Old Schools ended today with a protest by the occupiers and their supporters outside the Pitt Building on Mill Lane, where the governing body of the university met to decide their
stance on tuition fees...read more

 

2000 march through Norwich against cuts

Police estimate that there were 2000 on the Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts march in Norwich today. Trades union branches mobilised some of their members. Many workers are getting involved in activity for the first time. There were a lot of students and school students...read more

 

Thousands of students confront police kettle in Whitehall

Several thousand school and college students who responded to the call for a walk-out on Wednesday 24 November marched from Trafalgar Square and hoped to protest against the proposed increase in university fees outside Parliament...read more

 

10,000 workers in Rhondda Cynon Taff Council face a "lock-out" if they refuse to accept lower terms and conditions of employment

GMB members employed by Rhondda Cynon Taff council in South Wales have been threatened with a lock out by the council if they refuse to accept new lower terms and conditions of employment. GMB officers were summoned to a meeting and told by Tony Wilkins HR director that the council has issued a section 188 notice for all 10,000 staff employed by the council giving notice of their dismissal and an offer of re-engagement on lower terms and conditions of employment...read more

 

Steve Acheson update - support still needed

It has become apparent that a rumour is being circulated that as Steve won one of his Tribunal cases he must be quids in, counting his compensation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite winning, Steve has not had a penny...read more

 

London FBU Suspension of Strike Action

The Fire Brigades Union and its member's in London are overwhelmed by the many letters of support and solidarity received from trade unions affiliated to the NSSN and SERTUC, especially PCS, RMT, NUT, CWU and SERTUC, whilst the strike planned for the 5th and 6th November 2010 has been suspended, this in no way infers that the dispute has concluded...read more

 

Students & Workers Fight the Cuts!

It was great to see the joint UCU & NUS demonstration against sky-high fees and HE cuts, with 50,000 mainly students but also education workers marching through London. A little of what happens when a union leadership take a national lead...read more

 

Young workers prominent on BBC picket lines

Programmes and services across the BBC were affected on Friday 5 November by the strike against changes to the pension scheme. In the last few days some members of BECTU have been joining the NUJ because BECTU have accepted the pension attacks...read more

 

National Shop Stewards Network Bulletin No. 23

 The huge cheers as cuts were announced in parliament, spoke volumes of the real interests and concerns of this ConDem government. With half a Million public sector jobs to be slashed, now a total of £18 million from Welfare, and more taken from benefits than will be collected in the bankers levy, this is not us all in it together...read more

 

Resolution for Action to Fight the Cuts

The resolution below was adopted unanimously by the Anti-Cuts demonstration in London on 23 October. We urge all trade unionists to take this resolution to their branches and get it passed as far and wide as possible...read more

 

Reports of Anti-Cuts Protests - 23 October 2010

When it became clear that the TUC Congress had pulled back from organising a demo in response to the ConDem Comprehensive Spending Review, the NSSN, along with RMT, FBU, PCS and NUT London representatives decided to go ahead and call a demo. The RMT Regional Committee was first to agree a date. Later UCU and CWU joined in, and right at the last minute, but nonetheless very welcome, Unite...read more

 

National conference called against cuts in jobs and services

After a very successful TUC lobby and the first national demo against cuts in Manchester just a few weeks ago, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) steering committee has taken a unanimous decision to follow up with a national conference to stop cuts to jobs and services...read more

 

Save Newport Passport Office

Shock at the announcement of the closure of the Newport Passport Office has turned to anger. 300 workers providing a vital service will lose their jobs in an area of already high unemployment. Wales will lose its only Passport Office...read more

 

NSSN lobby of TUC - Manchester

In a show of great determination and strength, 700 trade unionists and community activists demonstrated outside the Trades Union Congress venue in Manchester on Sunday 12 September, as the TUC delegates were gathering for their annual congress...read more

 

Blacklist Fringe meeting

The evening that the TUC Conference moved a motion to fight to get the Government to outlaw blacklisting, the Manchester Campaign Against the Blacklist hosted a TUC fringe meeting and Film Premier that attracted close to 100 people at the Central Methodist Hall...read more

 

Con-Dem cuts mean: We need 'biggest movement since poll tax'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), meeting this year in Manchester, needs to hear clearly from ordinary trade unionists and activists that the time has come to get off its knees and organise a fightback against the government's programme of cuts...read more

 

Report of Meeting on Working-class Political Representation

Thirty-two trades unionists attended this successful and somewhat experimental meeting. Attendees came from Bristol, Plymouth, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, including a strong delegation from Yeovil Trades Council...read more

 

The NSSN and the Right to Work

Last Saturday 27th February the NSSN National Steering Committee held one of its regular meetings. A whole range of important items were on the agenda, one of which was a discussion on the relationship between the NSSN and The Right To Work. It had become apparent that there has been some confusion about the establishment of another organisation with the same aims and attempting to get support from the very same union branches...read more

 

Fight the bosses' offensive

THE NATIONAL Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) steering committee held its latest meeting on 9 May. Amongst issues discussed were the sacking by his employer of Rob Williams, NSSN vice-chairperson, the struggle at Visteon and the No2EU European election campaign...read more

 

NSSN statement on the Lindsey oil refinery strike

The strike by more than 1,000 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery (LOR) in north Lincolnshire started on January 28 and ran for over a week. It was supported by solidarity walk-outs across 22 other "Blue Book" sites, workplaces covered by the National Agreement for the Engineering and Construction Industry (NAECI) agreement across England, Scotland and Wales. It hit the headlines, making national and indeed international news....read more

 

Car workers' jobs slaughter - begin the fightback!

In response to the crisis in Britain's car industry, where thousands of job losses have been announced and thousands of other workers have been temporarily laid off for weeks at a time, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) hosted a very encouraging meeting in Birmingham on 14 February...read more

 

Conference Report

On Saturday 28 June 2008, around 300 stewards/workplace reps, and observers gathered in London for the Second Conference of the NSSN...read more

 

Support Public Sector Action

On Thursday April 24 teachers, civil servants, college lecturers, Birmingham council workers, shelter housing workers and others will be on strike in the biggest united action by public sector workers for decades. Workers have had enough and are standing up against government attacks on their already low pay...read more
 

 

   

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