NSSN 216: FBU escalate pension strikes

October 29, 2014 in Bulletins

Firefighters in the FBU union are due to strike for four days over pension cuts. The strike marks a big escalation in the dispute, as up until now the walkouts – since September 2013 – have lasted between two and 24 hours. This is from Salford FBU rep Paul Davies. “We’re very, very angry and disappointed about the way negotiations have gone. Not on the FBU’s part – it’s done a really good job at putting the case across and explaining why we need a revised offer. It’s the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Nothing’s changed from the […]

NSSN 214: Keep Striking Together for a Pay Rise!

October 15, 2014 in Bulletins

Reject the local government pay proposal Name the date for the next joint pay strike This coming Saturday’s TUC demonstration is an important next step in the struggle to break the ConDems pay freeze. It comes at the end of a week when over half a million health workers and civil servants have been on strike while the lecturers’ strike was banned by the anti-union laws. However, it should have been much bigger but the strike of council workers that was due to take place on Tuesday was called off in light of a new pay proposal from the local […]

213: National Solidarity Day Oct 10 for Care UK striking workers

October 8, 2014 in Bulletins

This Friday October 10, workers at Care UK in Doncaster will be taking their 81st day of strike action, reportedly a record in the care sector. The NSSN are supporting their call to make Friday a national day of solidarity. We call on all NSSN supporters, trade unionists and socialists to organise pickets and protests outside Care UK offices and those of Bridgepoint, the private equity firm that owns Care UK. Also, people can protest outside shops such as Fat Face and Pret a Manger which are owned by Bridgepoint. The London protest is at 12noon outside Care UK 29 […]

NSSN 212: Reject local govt pay proposal – keep the strike on

October 1, 2014 in Bulletins

It appears that the local government employers have made a set of new proposals in the pay dispute to the unions – Unison, Unite and the GMB. It should be noted that any improvement is a result of the threatened strike on 14th October which is part of a three-day rolling action that also covers the NHS and the civil service; coming after the million-strong public sector strike that took place on 10th July. However, the detail of the proposal reveals that it is nowhere near enough to settle this dispute. Council workers who have suffered four years of pay […]

208 – Come to NSSN rally at TUC:All out together October 14!

September 3, 2014 in Bulletins

The 2014 NSSN conference agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at the TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. This year’s TUC Conference meets as public sector unions contemplate mass joint strike action on October 14th against the government’s continuing pay freeze. In reality, workers’ living standards are down by an average of 8% since the economic crisis struck in 2008, with young workers losing 15%! No wonder record numbers are using […]

206 – Performance Management: Turn on, log on, tune in

August 20, 2014 in Bulletins

The CWU in British Telecom has just undertaken a survey of members whether to ballot for strike action over Performance Management (PM). A majority are in favour. But PM is increasingly being used throughout the world of work. This week, a CWU member lifts the lid on this bullying culture (names have been changed):- “A confidential meeting between a line manager and team member is taking place. Targets have been revised and raised. Now each member of the manager’s team must hit 100% of expected job standards, but not to worry as the individual has achieved 130%; an increase of […]

NSSN 203 – FBU Gaza statement

July 30, 2014 in Bulletins

The vast majority of trade unionists are outraged by the events in Gaza over the last few weeks and many have attended the protests and demonstrations that have taken place. In this week’s NSSN e-bulletin, we re-produce the FBU’s statement on Gaza.   The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected by the conflict, including the families of the victims. In particular, the FBU applauds the tremendous work done by firefighters helping the victims of atrocities, and […]

Doncaster Care UK workers on the picket line again

July 29, 2014 in News

On 29 July, Doncaster Care UK workers, members of Unison, began another two weeks of strike action. They have already taken 34 days of strike action between February and May against 35% pay cuts as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties. Unison has declared a new industrial dispute in support of a pay claim including a ‘living wage’ for all Doncaster Care UK staff. The company have already declared no pay rise whatsoever for this year. Consultative and formal ballots produced yes votes for strike action. The Care UK workers have […]

NSSN 191:10,000 on ‘March for Bob’ – now Unite the Strikes!

May 7, 2014 in Bulletins

The NSSN salutes the magnificent turnout for this year’s London May Day march and rally, where pride of place went to the memory of two great political and industrial leaders – Bob Crow and Tony Benn. The RMT had a national mobilisation to honour the fighting militant legacy of Bob, tragically cut down in his prime. But despite the solemn occasion, RMT members weren’t downbeat. They called out to TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, when she spoke – “We need a general strike!” Unite leader Len McCluskey took account of this mood as did PCS Assistant General secretary Chris Baugh, […]

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 […]