232:IWD’15 Fighting FOR equality AGAINST austerity & exploitation

March 4, 2015 in Bulletins

The crisis of capitalism is causing untold misery for working people everywhere … but women take the brunt. Whether they’re the first to lose the jobs in Europe as governments and councils attack the service sector, or the increased oppression faced – sometimes to horrific levels – in parts of Asia and the Middle East, women suffer disproportionately. As the movement celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th, the National Shop Stewards Network pledges to continue to fight the system that creates this misery. We urge all those who too will be marking IWD through special meetings or events to join […]

NSSN 220: NHS workers strike for “our share!”

November 26, 2014 in Bulletins

Nurses, cleaners, porters, midwives, occupational therapists, paramedics, scientists, radiographers, admin, catering, security staff and other NHS staff in England took a second four hours of strike action on Monday 24 November, from 7am until 11am. This has been followed by six days of ‘work to rule’. Altogether, 11 health service trade unions took part in the action – united against the government’s attack on pay, which means that a majority of staff won’t even receive a miniscule 1% pay rise. See the following union members: Unison    Unite   GMB     Royal College of Midwives    Society of Radiographers   POA For twitter photos of the strike, follow #NHSPay  […]

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 […]

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 […]

205 – Care UK: “We’re Yorkshire folk, we’ll never surrender.”

August 13, 2014 in Appeals, Bulletins

“We’re Yorkshire folk, we’re like a dog with a bone. We won’t give up, we’ll never surrender.” This is how Doncaster Care UK shop steward Roger Hutt expressed the sheer working-class determination of the fifty-odd Unison members at the strikers’ meeting held last night at the end of the latest two weeks strike action. Having now taken 48 days of strike action in their battle against 35% cuts in terms and conditions as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties, these former NHS staff voted unanimously to take another three weeks strike […]

NSSN 199: Come to NSSN14 this Saturday, build mass July10 strike

July 2, 2014 in Bulletins

The line-up for the July 10 strike is now complete. The FBU has today announced that fire-fighters defending their hard won pension rights will be walking out on the same day as up to 1½ million council and school workers, teachers, civil servants and others who are resisting the continuing public sector pay freeze. Workers from Unison, PCS, Unite, GMB, NUT, FBU and NIPSA will be on strike together. Transport for London workers as well as power control operators on London Underground will also be out on strike that day, meaning that RMT and TSSA can be added to the […]

NSSN 198 – The July 10 pay strike…….IS ON!!

June 23, 2014 in Bulletins

Come to the NSSN Conference on July 5th “Strike together for a pay rise” Its official – Unison’s local government workers have voted to strike on July 10th against the ConDem pay freeze (read here). This raises the prospect of well over a million public sector workers striking together in a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ unions that could also include Unite, GMB, PCS and the NUT. It is possible that the FBU, who were again on strike last Saturday could also take part on the biggest day of co-ordinated strike action since N30 2011. That 2-million strong strike against the […]

NSSN e-bulletin 158 – Stop cuts – Demand united action – Lobby the TUC for a 24-hour general strike (Sunday 8th September)

September 4, 2013 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Video

it would be nuts not to begin without congratulating Frank Morris, sacked electrician and all those involved in supporting the campaign for his re-instatement.  The NSSN has been a longstanding practical supporter with Frank Morris and against blacklisting! (More later in the bulletin and BSG report is already on the website). We have handed over this weeks bulletin narrative to Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT teachers’ union executive and the NSSN steering committee argues FOR a general strike, but Now back to Martin: I might be a physics teacher but it doesn’t take rocket science to work out why the trade union […]

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. ;)

July 24, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. 😉 some more industrial action.. Following a spring of industrial action PCS will be spending the summer months consulting all of its branches on how to take its national campaign forward. In an escalation of the PCS national campaign in support of pay, pensions, jobs, privatisation, terms & conditions & union facility time PCS members were involved in what can only be described (at least metaphorically) as a ‘hot’ spring.  It started with a day of national industrial action on March 20, and continued with further group and national action […]

Bulletin 150 – New Labour attacks trade unions

July 10, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

NSSN e-bulletin 150 New Labour attacks trade unions The major union news of the week has been the battle between New Labour and Unite over the role unions play in the Labour party. NSSN supporters and our sponsoring unions have differing views over the Labour link; some are affiliated to Labour, others have no party political affiliations while the RMT reiterated its support for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition at its recent AGM. What we can say is that New Labour was no friend of the trade unions in office and has promised to continue the ConDems austerity programme […]