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 […]

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 […]