368: Leicester NHS campaigners save children’s heart unit!

December 5, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN welcomes the victory of the Leicester Glenfield campaign, in which our supporters have played a key role:- ‘One of the main campaign organisers Steve Score said, “Celebrations were taking place in Leicester city centre on the 30th November following an outstanding victory for the campaign to save congenital heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. A mood of relief and of jubilation spread from campaigners to people across the region. We hope this victory encourages campaigners across the country who are fighting to save the NHS. Congenital heart surgery at The Royal Brompton and Harefield trust in London, which had […]

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 […]

Interview with sacked Crossrail worker

March 24, 2015 in News

Crossrail electrician and Unite the Union member Dan Collins was laid off by contractor Skanska after he raised a safety concern.   “I started work on Monday 9 February. They told me it was a three-year contract. A foreman showed me around – there was an abundance of work to do. He asked me if I didn’t mind working 12-hour days or weekends. On the Wednesday I noticed 16-inch wide boards lying across a metre-high elevated steel section, over which Labourers were carrying materials in and out of the area. The boards weren’t fixed down. Someone could slip off the board, […]

Stop the Crossrail sackings!

March 3, 2015 in News

For the third Monday in succession, construction workers and their supporters held a protest outside a Crossrail site to demand that a worker sacked for raising safety issues be reinstated. Two weeks ago, protesters blocked the road outside the Bond Street site in London after an electrician was sacked after he had asked for a proper walkway with hand rails. During that protest, we got word that he had been out on fully paid ‘gardening leave’ while his union Unite waited for a meeting to discuss what job he would be put on http://shopstewards.net/2015/02/nssn-230-victory-protest-wins-reinstatement-of-crossrail-worker/ His ’employer’, an agency that is subcontracting […]

NSSN 218: Defend PCS: Stop HMRC anti-union plot

November 13, 2014 in Bulletins

Senior HMRC officials hatch anti-union plot (Statement from PCS website) The most senior civil servants in HM Revenue and Customs have hatched a “deeply disturbing” politicised plot to destabilise our union, it has been revealed. A leaked memo, written for HMRC’s executive committee, outlines a plan to “marginalise” us because of our continuing opposition to cuts and closures. Our general secretary Mark Serwotka has written to HMRC chief executive Lin Homer to say we believe it signals a “major and damaging change in industrial relations” and to call on her to publicly disown it… continued here Letter from Mark Serwotka […]

NSSN 217: St Mungo’s victory/Defend Ricky Matthews

November 5, 2014 in Bulletins

STOP PRESS!! St Mungos Broadway – Strike Off! Following a day locked in talks at ACAS, the Unite SMB reps and Regional Officer, Nicky consider that they have received an offer from SMB management which is reasonable enough to be put to the membership. On this basis, the strike has been called off. – See more here from Unite LE1111 website (see more under Unite below in Union News) Follow @SMBUnite and @UniteHousing and #SMBstrike on twitter for latest info plus Unite LE1111 website http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/ Also follow NSSN twitter @NSSN_AntiCuts for photos of today’s victory rally   The decision of […]

NSSN Conference July 5: “Fight Together for a Pay Rise!”

April 16, 2014 in Bulletins

Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise and correctly health unions have attacked ‘divide and rule’ tactics. But the best way to avoid this is to seriously prepare for co-ordinated strike action across the public sector. Unison health conference yesterday passed an emergency motion mandating the union to ballot its members in the NHS for […]

NSSN 187: Sparks Strike Back: The fight for PAYE begins!

April 8, 2014 in Bulletins

Unrest Wednesday is in Full Swing – 37 Agency Electricians walked off a job at AWE Aldermaston today (April 2) over the new self-employed legislation. It is a Shepherds Engineering Services job. They are demanding to be taken on the cards direct by Shepherds. Shepherds have agreed to a meeting to discuss the possibility. A Unite Construction officer is meeting the workers and Shepherds first thing tomorrow morning. There was also reported unrest on many other sites across the UK as payroll companies finally get to informing workers of how they are to be paid from Monday onwards. Being told […]

NSSN 184 – Join POA march against austerity on Budget Day

March 17, 2014 in Bulletins

The POA prison officers union will be holding a march and rally on the 19th March 2014 to coincide with Budget Day in order to demonstrate at the budget cuts, pay freeze, pension age, assaults on POA members and privatisation. In recent years, budget cuts have seen the Prison Service impose an almost total recruitment freeze alongside pay freezes. These factors along with the unjustified increase in pension contributions are leading a return to “long hours culture” as POA members are forced to work excessive hours to operate prisons and to earn a living wage with a rising prison population. […]

Blacklist companies in the dock

November 29, 2013 in News, Protest

Construction companies accused of blacklisting on an industrial scale were in the dock today at the Royal Courts of Justice. The High Court claim being brought by Guney, Clark & Ryan solicitors on behalf of nearly 100 claimants (Steve Acheson & others v Sir Robert McAlpine & others). The full list of defendant companies are: Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Costain, Laing, Kier Ltd, Skanska, Vinci, Taylor Woodrow and AMEC. Evidence from the Scottish Affairs Select Committee investigation into blacklisting has shown that the individuals who ran the blacklist were directors of these companies including Callum McAlpine, founding […]