NSSN 268: Reinstate #CWU2!

November 11, 2015 in Bulletins

Clive, a long-standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union. Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave their […]

NSSN 263: National Gallery victory, Kill The Bill action Oct 13

October 7, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 263: PCS National Gallery victory, Tory Party demo & TUCG #KillTheBill protest Oct 13 The NSSN salutes the workers at the National Gallery and their union PCS as they return to work after over 100 days of strike action. The agreement includes the reinstatement of PCS rep Candy Udwin. This is a fantastic victory that can inspire all workers as we face more Tory cuts and their Trade Union Bill. We have given full support to the strike, including having Candy address our annual conference in July, where a financial collection was taken. From PCS website: Agreement reached to […]

NSSN 248: Massive marches against austerity

June 25, 2015 in Bulletins

The streets of London were full of anti-austerity protestors last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demonstration. Thousands more were on other protests, including the STUC event in Glasgow. What a response to the Tories just 43 days after their election victory was confirmed! The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) believes that this shows the huge potential to defeat the Tories latest £12billion cuts package that Osborne will announce on the July 8th budget and Cameron’s new anti-union laws. As all striking workers will tell you – unions taking action gets huge support. This is because all those facing the effects […]

NSSN 245: Victories show that action works!

June 3, 2015 in Bulletins

It’s just a month since the Tories won the general election and already workers are demonstrating how they can be stopped in their tracks! In the last week alone:- Education unions in Lewisham were due to take another two days of strike action this week against academisation but the plans have been deferred. Kone workers were going to continue their weekly Monday strikes against management’s attempts to use a tracking system as a disciplinary tool. But they too have won a victory. For the second time, the threat of national strike action by Network Rail workers has forced the bosses […]

244: Prepare for mass action to defeat new Tory anti-union laws!

May 28, 2015 in Bulletins

In the splendour of the unelected House of Lords, through the mouthpiece of a hereditary monarch, the Tories who were elected by 24% of the electorate have announced plans for new anti-union laws. Their Trade Unions Bill, will impose a 50% turnout threshold on strike ballots, with a further requirement in essential public services for strikes to be supported by 40% of those entitled to vote to be legal. This is on top of what Tony Blair approvingly called the most restrictive in Western Europe. If these laws come in without a fight, it will be a green light for […]

NSSN 243: Two weeks after the election…workers strike back!

May 22, 2015 in Bulletins

This is our second NSSN e-bulletin since the general election result which confirmed a Tory majority government. Since then, a number of unions have held their national conferences. We are delighted to announce that at theirs, the FBU have voted to affiliate to the NSSN – the 9th national union to officially support the Network. At that conference and others the clear message is that workers are prepared to fight Tory cuts and any new attacks on union rights that are announced in the Queen’s Speech on May 27. That defiant mood is reflected in the incredible number of strikes, […]

241: Dave Smith of BSG to speak at NSSN Conference

May 6, 2015 in Bulletins

The NSSN is delighted to announce that Dave Smith, a leading campaigner against blacklisting of workers for trade union activity will speak at this year’s NSSN conference on July 4th. Dave is also the co-author of the new book ‘Blacklisted’, which ‘tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to keep union activists away from their places of work. This is a story of a bitter struggle, in which collusion with the police and security services resulted in victimization, violence and unemployment, with terrible effects on families and communities.’ Dave was […]

240: Celebrate 125th May Day

April 29, 2015 in Bulletins

Youth Fight for Jobs is sending solidarity and May Day greetings in this week’s NSSN e-bulletin. “May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This year, let’s make it £10/hr day! Youth Fight for Jobs, the BFAWU Bakers’ Union and others in the Fast Food Rights   campaign encourage trades councils to put raising the minimum wage to £10/hr (now TUC policy) at the heart of your May Day celebrations. We want to reach the entire trade union movement with that message. Young people are the future of the trade unions. Fighting for a living wage we can ACTUALLY live on & an […]

NSSN 239: Workers Memorial Day April 28

April 22, 2015 in Bulletins

Worldwide some 1 million workers lose their lives in workplace accidents and ill health through exposure to dangerous substances every year, more than lose their lives through war!  It’s almost 2 years since the world witnessed the collapse of the factory in Bangladesh and over 1200 lives lost. Some of the companies who were only too keen to use slave labour, turned a blind eye to dangerous and appalling conditions, have still to pay any compensation to help those affected. In fact one of those workers was arrested outside one of these companies whilst protesting. It’s nearly a year since […]

NSSN 238: Join the 15 April global fast food worker protest

April 13, 2015 in Bulletins

Statement from BFAWU bakers’ union:- On 15 April 2015, thousands of fast food workers will lead a mass movement of around 60,000 low waged workers striking across the United States to raise the issue of poor wages and the lack of trade union rights within their industry. At the same time, fast food workers and activists in 33 other countries around the world will also be taking action against low pay. Here in the UK, the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union’s Fast Food Rights campaign, which works in conjunction with the US workers’ movement, is calling for an end […]