NSSN 512: Fight together against the Tory Pay Freeze

November 23, 2020 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin opposes the proposed pay freeze that is expected to be announced by Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak this Wednesday.  NSSN Chair Rob Williams said, “Just as the Tories are exposed over giving COVID contracts to their cronies and a day after a big rise in defence spending is announced, millions of public sector workers face yet another pay freeze. “After standing on the front line, putting their lives at risk, they face sinking further into poverty. This is on top of a decade of Tory pay cuts that saw workers lose up to 14% of their income. […]

511: #RightToPicket protected – support Optare workers

November 17, 2020 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends our solidarity to Unite and its members on strike at Optare in Yorkshire after the union won a legal challenge to the use of COVID rules by police to disperse legal picket lines. This demonstrates the vital importance of the labour and trade union movement retaining its ability to organise during the pandemic and giving a lead to workers in the fight for safe workplaces and against the bosses’ offensive on jobs, pay, pensions and terms and conditions. Right to picket during lockdown secured following Unite legal challenge (13 Nov) – The government has been forced […]

NSSN 509: Support education workers in new lockdown  

November 3, 2020 in Bulletins

The Prime Minister and his floundering cabinet have finally reacted to daily news of startling rises in the rate of COVID cases in England but once again ordinary people have been left trying to fathom out the exceptions to Lockdown 2. But those who expected to see some kind of common sense will stay disappointed; the aim of Lockdown 2 is to maintain the accumulation of private profits for the Tories’ friends in big business, not to help ordinary workers and their families. This is most clearly seen in the decision to keep open educational establishments despite mounting evidence that […]

NSSN 503: Support the strikes!

September 22, 2020 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin shines the spotlight on the increasing number of union disputes as bosses attack jobs and pay, terms & conditions. An increasing number are using brutal ‘fire and re-hire’ methods. These actions include the indefinite strike by PCS members at Tate continues, which will next week go over 40 days. Leigh and Wigan rehab workers in Unison have started a further 10 days of strike action this week as will GMB members in Brighton & Hove Council from next Monday. The Debenhams workers in Ireland are now well over 150 days of action in their fight for […]

NSSN 501: Come to NSSN TUC Rally 1pm this Sunday Sept 13

September 8, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN is holding its annual pre-TUC Congress rally at 1pm this Sunday. The TUC have been forced to adapt congress because of COVID and this year, our rally will be online on Zoom and shared live on Facebook. We will be hearing from a number of union leaders and will also be holding an open mic, giving a platform to workers and reps in disputes and on the frontline to speak. NSSN Chair Rob Williams said, “TUC Congress has never been more important. Workers are fighting for our lives and livelihoods. We need workers’ control over workplaces to make […]

NSSN 498: Victory! Student protests force Tory A-Levels U-turn

August 18, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN salutes the students whose protests around the country have forced the Tory government to retreat. They were rightly furious that through no fault of their own because of the pandemic, many had their A Level results downgraded, threatening their futures. The system that was being used appeared to be to the disadvantage of students from working-class backgrounds.   If necessary, university places must be found for all those who need them. But this crisis has lifted the lid on how unfair and class-ridden education is. The NSSN has always fought against tuition fees and demands that they are […]

NSSN 496: Join the NHS Pay protests on Saturday August 8th

August 2, 2020 in Bulletins

NHS workers are on the march for a 15% pay rise that starts to close the income gap caused by a decade of pay freezes. Please join the protests that are taking place, with many on Saturday August 8th. Details of some of these can be found here in the Nurses and Midwives say NO! to Public Sector pay inequality Facebook group and on the Keep Our NHS Public website. Also visit the website of Health Campaigns Together.   Please join these events. We support the call of many health workers for industrial action ballots, co-ordinated across all the health […]

494: NSSN South West meeting – 11am Saturday July 25th

July 21, 2020 in Bulletins

National Shop Stewards’ Network South West regional meeting – 11am Saturday July 25th Facebook event The National Shop Steward’s Network is an organisation bringing together rank and file trade unionists to help build our movement. We are having a regional meeting in the South West which will include discussion of the struggles for workers’ health and safety and opposition to job cuts and attacks on pay and conditions. We are meeting via Zoom – Meeting ID: 817 2876 3520. Password: 678028 Contact Tom on 07986 951 527 or tomobaldwin@gmail.com   The NSSN is continuing to report on how workers are […]

NSSN 491: Organise for the fight of our lives – NSSN Conference

June 30, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN Conference as always, is a vital forum for trade unionists to come together to discuss our experiences during these crisis-ridden times and forge a strategy that protects our safety in the workplace and defends our jobs and income. It’s never been more important for trade union members and reps to come together to discuss the strategy we need to fight for a future that secures our safety, jobs, income and pensions. The economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is showing on a daily basis that fighting union organisation is a necessity for workers. Come and take […]

NSSN 489: Stop the BA Betrayal!

June 16, 2020 in Bulletins

  We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the fight by unions against the offensive by British Airways against its workers. We send our solidarity and support to these workers and the many others who are facing redundancy across the economy. The NSSN believes that workers must not pay the price for this crisis. If necessary, companies should be nationalised to save jobs and communities.   Unite has launched its #BAbetrayal campaign:- British Airways is the only company proposing to fire all its 42,000 staff and re-hire those that survive on inferior terms and conditions of employment. Unite General Secretary […]