NSSN 339: Support Jeremy Corbyn’s “Workers’ Charter”

May 3, 2017 in Bulletins

Workers will welcome Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s 20-point “workers’ charter” to fix the “rigged economy” in work. If it is enthusiastically campaigned for by taking it into workplaces, alongside policies such as re-nationalisation of the railways and Royal Mail, it could really inspire workers to vote to put Jeremy into government and ditch the Tories. Restoring, defending and strengthening trade union rights as the most effective way to fight for more secure employment and better wages is a major theme of the programme. The commitment to repeal the Trade Union Act would be a major step forward although it […]

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 […]

NSSN 286: Save jobs & communities – #Nationalise Tata steel plants!

March 30, 2016 in Appeals, Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our support and solidarity to the thousands of steelworkers, their families and the steel unions who are trying to come to terms with the news that Tata is looking to sell off its UK steel business. This means that what should be a fundamental foundation of the economy and the jobs and communities that go with it are under real threat. We organised a solidarity meeting in Port Talbot last month when Tata announced that nearly 20% of the 4,000 direct jobs in the works were to go. We called for the UK plants […]

NSSN 285: Tories split as IDS resigns – joint action to stop the cuts!

March 23, 2016 in Bulletins

Millions of workers would have enjoyed their Friday night as the news filtered through that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith had resigned from the government because of the planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). All those who have suffered from the brutal benefit cuts and sanctions as well as civil service workers who have fought job cuts, office closures and pay freezes will find his ‘redemption’ a bit far-fetched. But this episode has finally confirmed that what is potentially a weak Tory government – only elected by 24% of the electorate – is under huge pressure and […]

NSSN 281: Video of joint UCU/Unison FE strike

February 24, 2016 in Bulletins

Today (February 24), thousands of staff at Further Education colleges in England took strike action on pay. A joint statement by UCU / Unison said, “Lecturers, librarians, technicians, cleaners and caretakers who belong to UNISON and the University and College Union (UCU) are among those taking part in the one-day strike over pay. The protest is against a recommended pay freeze by the Association of Colleges, following several years where staff have had very low pay rises, resulting in a real-terms pay cut for some of up to 17 per cent.” The NSSN visited picket lines all over England. This […]

NSSN 276: No closures – nationalise to #SaveOurSteel

January 20, 2016 in Bulletins

The crisis in the UK Steel Industry is continuing with another 1050 jobs threatened at Tata, with 750 to go at the biggest plant Port Talbot. Just today (Jan 20) Sheffield Forgemasters have announced 100 workers will be made redundant. The NSSN gives full support to the workers in the industry and their unions. We support the call that many steelworkers are making – why can’t they be bailed out like the bankers who caused the economic crisis were in 2008? If Northern Rock and Lloyds TSB could be taken into public ownership, why can’t Port Talbot steelworks or any […]

NSSN 275: Junior Doctors strike back against Tory attacks!

January 13, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN 275: Junior Doctors strike back against Tory attacks! The NSSN has been proud to give solidarity and support to the BMA and the Junior Doctors as they took their first strike action for four decades on January 12th. Despite all the dirty tactics from the Tories and their anti-union press, the action was a tremendous show of strength that had overwhelming public support – the BMA report record membership and an ITV poll at the end of the day showed over 93% support! Everywhere, there was fantastic solidarity from trade unionists. Banners and flags from all unions graced picket […]

NSSN 274: Support the Junior Doctors strike & NHS bursaries march!

January 6, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN 274: Support the Junior Doctors strike & NHS bursaries march! Next Tuesday January 12th, Junior Doctors will be striking on the first of four planned days of action. This Saturday January 9th, students in the NHS will be marching in defence of their bursaries – assemble 12noon outside St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH https://www.facebook.com/events/440660962797762/. Following the announcement of plans cut to NHS bursaries for student nurses UCU is supporting this petition which has already had over 146,000 signatures https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/113491 For latest news and protests follow #JuniorContract #NotFairNotSafe and #bursariesorbust on twitter Below are excerpts from an […]