NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected

March 14, 2018 in Bulletins

NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected The UCU USS pensions dispute in the pre-1992 universities continue as the employer’s proposals were yesterday rejected after a meeting of the union’s Higher Education Committee (HEC) and a national reps meeting. In an incredible show of strength by rank and file lecturers, thousands were mobilised around the country in emergency branch meetings – many virtually unanimously. Hundreds of UCU members, perhaps up to a thousand across the day, converged on UCU HQ to lobby the HEC and reps meeting. Lecturers believe that their 14 days of strike action, […]

NSSN 375: Demo to #FixOurNHS this Sat Feb 3rd

January 30, 2018 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is supporting the national day of action this Saturday February 3rd to protest against the crisis in the NHS. There will be protests around the country, including an emergency demonstration in London. One of the leading organisers is nurse Jacqui Berry. She is also a member of Unison’s NEC as well as the NSSN steering committee. In the build up to Saturday, Jacqui has done this interview that shines the spotlight on the crisis in the NHS and why we need a mass campaign against the Tory health cuts:-   ‘The NHS In Crisis […]

NSSN 374: UCU vote to strike for 14 days to defend pensions

January 23, 2018 in Bulletins

  University pensions strike update: Universities to be hit with 14 strike days if USS row not resolved – from UCU website (22 Jan): Universities face initial 14 days of escalating strike action if a row over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is not resolved. Sixty-one universities would be hit with a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action by UCU members expected to start on Thursday 22 February. Other action would include union members working strictly to their contract, which would see them refusing to cover classes or reschedule classes lost on strike days as […]

NSSN 360: support the CWU Royal Mail strike, PCS pay ballot and TUC lobby, rally & march to scrap the cap

October 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  CWU Support the Royal Mail strike – for 48 hours starting 11am Thursday October 19th. As we write this bulletin, the CWU are in the High Court because Royal Mail management are seeking an injunction to stop the strike. This is despite the union smashing the undemocratic new voting thresholds in the Tory Trade Union Act. The NSSN calls on the whole of the labour and trade union movement to send support and solidarity to the CWU, especially if the injunction is granted www.cwu.org/campaign/the-four-pillars-of-security CWU members are meeting outside the court from 10.15am on Thursday October 12th   PCS […]

NSSN 348: Support PCS fight against DWP office closures

July 12, 2017 in Bulletins

The government is abandoning unemployed, sick and disabled people, and putting hundreds of jobs at risk, by confirming today the closure of almost one in 10 jobcentres. The news comes as we announce our members in Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield, one of the threatened sites, will strike again from 17 to 21 July following a week-long walkout in June. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced just six of the original 78 jobcentres earmarked for closure will remain open, and only 11 of the 80 planned to co-locate with local authorities have been given a reprieve – and […]

NSSN 307: Come to NSSN TUC Rally Sunday – Tories Out! Keep Corbyn!

September 7, 2016 in Bulletins

This year’s TUC Congress comes at a critical moment for the trade union movement. It will be the last before the new Tory (anti) Trade Union Act comes into force. However, even before then, we have seen the Tory Press whip up a storm against two important disputes – the BMA Junior Doctors and the RMT on Southern Rail. It is crucial that Congress sends a signal that these struggles aren’t left isolated, particularly as there have been threats made that Junior Doctors could face disciplinary action if they strike again. There should be emergency motions for the TUC to […]

NSSN 300: NSSN Conference – “Now is the time to ramp things up”

July 7, 2016 in Bulletins

The sound of establishment figures crashing out of office provided the backdrop to the 10th annual National Shop Stewards Network conference. “In all the tumult, let’s not forget that this week we saw the downfall of a Tory prime minister” said PCS president Janice Godrich to huge applause. The Economist referred to the referendum result as “an outpouring of fury against the establishment” and there was plenty of this fury in the hall, from bakery workers dismissed and bullied to teachers preparing a national strike. The wonderful message of hope brought by Yann Venier, secretary of the CGT trade union […]

290: VIDEO PCS & FBU call for solidarity with Junior Doctors

April 27, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 26th in London, over 5,000 striking junior doctors and their supporters marched on the first day of their latest 2-day strike. The march was joint between the BMA and the NUT, who are balloting over forced academisation along with members of other supporting unions including PCS, FBU, RMT, Unite, Unison, NAPO, POA, GMB, TSSA and many others. The whole of the PCS National Executive (NEC) left their meeting to attend. The union’s General Secretary Mark Serwotka addressed the huge rally to announce that the NEC had passed a motion calling on the TUC General Council to organise a […]

284: Education unions must organise against Tory academies plan

March 16, 2016 in Bulletins

Overnight, the Tories have announced plans to put every school in England into academy status. This is an emergency statement from NSSN supporters in the NUT:- The government’s announcement that all schools in England are to become academies is a declaration of war on comprehensive public education and national pay and conditions for teachers and support staff. It exposes the academy project for the wholesale privatisation it is and nothing to do with tailored school improvement. Only last week Ofsted reprimanded seven Multi Academy Trusts for poor performance. The Socialist Party has regularly detailed the higher exclusion rates, poorer employment […]

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday

November 18, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday – ‘After Corbyn’s Victory, build the fight against austerity!’   A week after the Tories’ (anti) Trade Union Bill had its 3rd and final House of Commons reading, an important event has been organised this Saturday.   The Trade Union Coordinating Group which represents 8 national trade unions (BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, URTU) have announced a major rally in the week preceding the Autumn Economic Statement. The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Finance Minister of the Syriza Government in Greece, will be participating in a […]