Who we are
Shop stewards and workplace
representatives from across Britain came together in July 2007 to launch the
National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN). The Network’s founding conference
resolved to rebuild the strength of our working-class movement from the
bottom up by creating local, regional and national networks to put elected
reps and shop stewards from different unions in permanent contact with each
other. We have subsequently held five further conferences, which have gone
from strength to strength, as well as organising local events.
Organising mutual solidarity
when trade unions are in dispute will be at the heart of our work. We will
also share information to develop ways of successfully resisting attacks on
our union rights, jobs, pay, conditions and pensions. We aim to build a
movement that can help sweep the anti-union laws off the books and make them
inoperable in the meantime.
Bringing new blood into our
movement is vital so the NSSN will encourage younger workers, agency and
migrant workers to join their unions, organise in their workplaces and
become reps themselves.
What you can do
Full membership of the NSSN
is open to all elected trade union reps who are not national paid full-time
officials: so if you are a shop steward, local rep, branch official, health
and safety rep, trades council delegate or union learning rep, your place is
in the NSSN as well as your own union. Of course, ALL union members are
welcome to attend our meetings.
The NSSN does not interfere
in internal trade union business, but seeks to strengthen confidence,
democracy and accountability at all levels of all our unions. We seek
affiliations from all official trade union bodies, from local branches to
We seek the co-operation and
support of local trades union councils in building our network. In turn the
NSSN can help revitalise dying trades councils and help to start new ones by
putting known workplace reps in a town or city in touch with one another.
While the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union played an essential role
in founding the NSSN, several other unions including the CWU, PCS, POA and
the NUM have already supported us at national and regional level.