400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

398: NSSN TUC Congress Rally Sun Sept 9 Manchester

July 26, 2018 in Bulletins

  In the year of the 150th anniversary of the TUC, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) will again be organising a rally before the start of TUC Congress. It will be from 1pm on Sunday September 9th in the Manchester Mechanics Institute/Conference Centre, Princess Street, M1 6DD. More details will follow. Leaders from fighting unions will be speaking alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. The NSSN has a proud record of supporting workers and building solidarity. We also have a history of fighting for the biggest co-ordination of action across […]

397: NSSN conference – Mood for fighting action & coordination

July 13, 2018 in Bulletins

Last Saturday saw hundreds of union reps and activists meet together in this year’s National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference. Below is a full report of what was a vibrant event. “I’m sick and tired of hearing that the trade union movement is on its way out,” declared Linda Taaffe in opening the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on 7 July. Part of the reason the lie can be told she said, “is the TUC itself. Where has the TUC been in the recent period?” This set the scene for the meeting that followed, which made clear the ongoing […]

NSSN 395: March this Saturday to defend #OurNHS70

June 27, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network gives full solidarity and support to this Saturday’s demonstrations in support of the NHS as it reaches its 70th anniversary. The NSSN has been to the fore in supporting health campaigns on a national scale against Tory cuts – including the demo in March 2017 and the one earlier this year – as well as in local areas such as in Huddersfield, Leicester and Mansfield where victories have been won plus many others. We have also played our part in building solidarity for health workers in struggle, including the Junior Doctors in 2016, the […]

394: PCS national pay strike ballot begins – VOTE YES!

June 18, 2018 in Bulletins

  PCS The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support and solidarity to the PCS who voted at their recent annual conference to move to a national strike ballot on pay that opens today June 18 PCS pay ballot opens today – vote yes (18 Jun) – It is vital that all eligible members vote yes for a 5% pay rise in our statutory pay ballot, which opened today, and send a powerful message to the government. The decision to ballot was taken by delegates following a vote at the union’s annual conference in Brighton on 22 May to support […]

393: Solidarity with Grenfell & Unite affiliates to NSSN

June 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) gives our full solidarity to all those who suffered in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last year and all those who have been affected by this tragic disaster. We pay tribute to the courageous work and support of local residents and campaigners and the emergency service workers, including firefighters and paramedics. A year ago we wrote this statement, which we are proud to stand by: “The NSSN sends its condolences and solidarity to the relatives, friends and associates of the dead in Grenfell Tower. The deaths of these working-class martyrs are the responsibility […]

NSSN 392: West Midlands firefighters vote for strike action

June 5, 2018 in Bulletins

  From FBU website (29 May) Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by a margin of 9 to 1 for strike action in a dispute over the imposition of contracts on new entrants into the service. The results of the ballot were released today (29 May) and show a 90% vote for strike action on an 82% turnout. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says West Midlands Fire Authority should urgently listen to its firefighters and withdraw the contracts immediately. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This is an overwhelming result. It shows the huge strength of feeling among firefighters […]

389: March against the Tories – Newham Academy victory!

May 8, 2018 in Bulletins

The NSSN calls on all our supporters and affiliates to continue to build for this Saturday’s ‘A new deal for working people’ demonstration. We believe that it is an opportunity to provide a platform to launch a movement that can take on this weak and divided Tory government. Unions such as the PCS are using it to step up their fight to break the Tories’ 1% pay cap in the civil service that could see a strike ballot shortly after the union’s conference in two weeks’ time. We’ve already seen this year the CWU and UCU push the employers back […]

NSSN 388: BFAWU members strike back at McDonalds

May 2, 2018 in Bulletins

  NSSN supporters actively supported yesterday’s strike by BFAWU members in McDonald’s restaurants in Manchester, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford. The day started with a midnight walkout in Manchester and ended as workers from all four areas converged on Watford, where there were stoppages at two of the town’s sites. The strike rally heard from the strikers themselves and BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, National President Ian Hodson as well as a number of supporters including Labour MP and former McDonald’s worker Laura Pidcock. Drawing the rally to a close, Ian Hodson reminded everyone to come on the TUC demonstration on […]

NSSN 387: IWMD, May Day #McStrike, Bromley victory & 2 years fighting DOO

April 24, 2018 in Bulletins

  This week’s bulletin falls just before two important dates in the calendar for trade unionists and workers – International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) on Saturday April 28th and May Day International Workers Day on Tuesday May 1st. There will be events all round the country over the next week or so to mark both of these days. But there are also strikes and protests that bring out the meaning of both IWMD and May Day. Tomorrow Wednesday April 25th, three days before IWMD, the RMT rail union will be marking two years of their struggle against Driver Only Operations, […]