Open letter from blacklisted construction workers

December 19, 2016 in Appeals

Open letter from blacklisted construction workers We the undersigned, are writing this open letter in the spirit of fraternal debate amongst members of the newly merged UCATT / UNITE construction union. The upsurge in industrial militancy in the last few years demonstrates that when the official union works alongside rank and file activists, it is possible to mobilise workers even in a hostile environment. The merger offers an opportunity to start anew the fight against the appallingly high fatality rates and casualization of the construction industry by combining the best traditions of the two unions. However, one issue threatens to […]

NSSN 320: Southern Rail & Derby TAs strikes and #Sheff4Ten demo

December 13, 2016 in Bulletins

Southern Rail strikes Today, members of train drivers’ union ASLEF have started strike action on Southern Rail. This comes after weeks of action by RMT members. ASLEF successfully defeated management’s attempts to yet again undemocratically scupper their strike through court action. The NSSN sends solidarity and support to both unions and we call on our members to support the following days of strikes:- 00:01 Tuesday 13 December to 23:59 Wednesday 14 December (Aslef and RMT drivers’ strike) 00:01 Friday 16 December to 23:59: Friday 16 December (Aslef and RMT drivers’ strike) 00:01 Monday 19 December to 23:59 Tuesday 20 December (RMT […]

NSSN 319: Support Glasgow Unison ICT workers – stop privatisation!

December 6, 2016 in Bulletins

Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour Group is proposing that the council’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provision is privatised to a Canadian based global corporation. Members of Glasgow Unions in ICT have been taking strike action to stop this. Please support the workers and pass this model motion in any trade union meetings that take place this week:-   Glasgow Labour council are attempting to recruit a scab temporary workforce to cover for striking ICT Unison members during their action against privatisation. This declaration of all-out war and goes against every principle of trade unionism. The leaders of Glasgow City […]

NSSN 318: Crossrail walkout – the Sparks are back!

November 30, 2016 in Bulletins

Watch video interview on Facebook   and Twitter Hundreds of electricians walked off construction sites on the massive Crossrail job in London last Friday demanding that management adhere to the Joint Industry Board (JIB) agreement on the payment of a 2nd tier productivity bonus . They protested outside Crossrail’s head office, in the belly of the beast of capitalism itself, Canary Wharf. They then went en masse to the Oxford Street office of one of the major contractors Laing O’Rourke/Crown House near the Tottenham Court site. Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network brought our solidarity to the workers and suggested […]

NSSN 317: Solidarity with striking Durham Teaching Assistants!

November 23, 2016 in Bulletins

Support the Durham Teaching Assistants from Unison and ATL who are on strike again today and tomorrow to stop wage cuts of 23%. Watch this video by Reel News and subscribe and donate to this video activist collective that publicises workers’ struggles Unison: Schools to close as Durham teaching assistants take second two-day strike action Donate to the Durham TAs’ fund here Durham TAs Facebook page here Donate to Derby hardship fund here Derby Unison branch Facebook page here   Crossrail day of action – Friday November 25th. Meet 7.30am Crossrail HQ 25, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQ. […]

NSSN 316: Support POA! March against education cuts!

November 15, 2016 in Bulletins

At 4am this morning (15 Nov), the NEC of the POA Prison Officers union called on its members to take protest action against health and safety concerns due in large part to the savage cuts in staff numbers. Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) today have today visited prisons to show our solidarity with the POA (one of our nine affiliated unions) and their members. At Wormwood Scrubs in West London, NSSN national chair Rob Williams spoke to POA members saluting their action, “You have been given letters from the Governor saying that the POA is calling illegal […]

NSSN 315: Durham teaching assistants strike back!

November 8, 2016 in Bulletins

Teaching assistants in Durham in Unison and ATL have started their first 48-hour strike today to prevent pay cuts of up to 23%. TAs in Derby have recently been taking strike action against similar cuts to pay. This is an excerpt from the blog Lions of Durham – “This is not action we are taking lightly but we have been forced into it by the Council’s refusal to discuss an alternative to imposing 23% pay cuts for working the same hours or 10% pay cut for working an ADDITIONAL 175.5 hours a year (many TAs are unable to work the […]

NSSN 314: November 5 Libraries, Museums & Galleries demo

November 2, 2016 in Bulletins

It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. It is supported by PCS, Unite and Unison. Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. But since 2010, austerity policies meant that we have lost: 8,000 paid and trained library workers; 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and One in five regional museums at least partially closed. We’ve also seen: Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut; Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed; An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation; […]

NSSN 313: Support NUJ Newsquest South London strike & Unite Crossrail campaign

October 25, 2016 in Bulletins

Support NUJ Newsquest South London strike NUJ members working for Newsquest in South London are out on strike again this week after voting to extend their strike by another 5 days. It is over a newsroom restructure that will result in 12 reporters covering news, sport and leisure across 11 newspapers and eight websites under a single content editor. Seven reporters have resigned over the plans. The striking journalists outside the company’s Sutton HQ told the NSSN, “We aren’t out here for more pay or better perks but because we have been cut to the extent that it’s impossible to do […]

NSSN 312: Support RMT Southern Rail strike!

October 18, 2016 in Bulletins

The NSSN calls on all our supporters and affiliates to support the Southern Rail workers on strike again this week Tuesday-Thursday. Please send messages of support and donations to the RMT – info@rmt.org.uk RMT Unity House 39 Chalton Street London NW1 1JD Southern strike “absolutely solid” again this morning despite company lies and dirty tricks (18 October) RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action by guards on Southern Rail in the dispute over safety and access remains absolutely solid this morning despite a vicious campaign of company lies and dirty tricks. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Despite a […]