412: Support Hants Prysmian Cables & Systems strike

November 6, 2018 in Bulletins

The second 48 hour strike at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire will go ahead tomorrow and Thursday, November 7-8 over a derisory pay offer below inflation. These are on top of the five days of strike action already taken since 26 September This is a report from last week’s first two day stoppage by Declan Clune, Secretary of Southampton & South West Hampshire Trades Union Council and a NSSN supporter:- It was a ‘spooky’ affair outside Prysmian Cables this very cold morning with workers joining the picket line dressed appropriately for Halloween. One worker said jokingly, “We’re trying […]

NSSN 410: Glasgow Women March and Strike for Equal Pay

October 24, 2018 in Bulletins

  This week, we headline our bulletin with the strike on October 22-23 by 8,000 workers in Unison and the GMB in Glasgow City Council. The NSSN gives our full support and solidarity to the workers and their unions. This is the Unison statement:- Thousands of Glasgow’s women march for equal pay (23 October 2018) Thousands of Glasgow’s women took to the streets today (Tuesday) to demand Glasgow City Council resolve the long-standing pay injustice. Around 10,000 home carers, cleaners, caterers, school workers and other council staff marched together to George Square to demand equal pay. This is the first […]

NSSN 409: RMT steps up action on the trains and tube

October 16, 2018 in Bulletins

  This week we headline with escalating action by RMT members in disputes against Driver Only Operation on Northern Rail and South Western Railway as well as on the Piccadilly Line on London Underground. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the RMT, who initiated the NSSN in 2006 under the then General Secretary the late great Bob Crow.   Piccadilly Line tube drivers to strike again in long-running dispute over breakdown in industrial relations (15 Oct) – TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today that driver members on the Piccadilly Line will strike again next month in a long-running dispute over the […]

408: Glasgow council workers to strike for equal pay justice

October 10, 2018 in Bulletins

  Statement from Glasgow Unison Branch:- Glasgow Equal Pay – Why we are striking. You will be aware that Glasgow school support for learning staff, child development officers, school administration workers, home carers, cleaners, caterers and other council workers are being called out on strike on 23/24 October in a dispute over the council’s failure to reach agreement on a long standing equal pay dispute. GMB members will also be taking strike action at these times. Around 8,000 trade union members will be called out on strike. This dispute is about the council’s failure to make any real progress on […]

407: Support Hospitality strike this Thursday #FFS410

October 2, 2018 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network is proud to support the co-ordinated strike this Thursday October 4th by restaurant and hospitality workers. Two of our affiliated unions the BFAWU and Unite are prominent in the action, alongside the GMB, IWW and IWGB. We believe that these struggles are giving workers in these sectors confidence to fight back. Workers in the BFAWU in the ‘Ivy House’ pub in South London walked out in solidarity with their sacked workmates last Sunday and are still out. Join the protests outside the pub – 40 Stuart Rd, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE. For up to date […]

404: NSSN TUC Rally – general election to ‘Get Tories Out!’

September 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network rally last Sunday September 9th before the start of TUC Congress was a tremendous event with over 200 trade union activists attending alongside congress delegates. TUC was held in Manchester to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first congress in 1868 and the NSSN rally took place in the venue of that first conference, the Mechanics Institute. Leaders from fighting unions spoke alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. The clear message from speakers was that we need to fight for a general election to get […]

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 […]

NSSN 399: Support the striking Birmingham home care workers

August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Birmingham Council Unison members, who are stepping up their action. This report is from a Birmingham NSSN supporter:- Birmingham home care workers are starting 14 days of discontinuous strike action on 9 August in protest at the Labour council’s attempts to create a completely part-time workforce which would mean that many workers would be unable to pay household bills. If the workers don’t accept either 14, 21 or 22.75 hours contracts they will be made compulsorily redundant. Senior Unison steward Mandy Buckley initially drew up alternative rotas for the staff but senior management refused them because in Mandy’s […]

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 […]