NSSN 406: Workers strike back against NHS privatisation

September 25, 2018 in Bulletins

  Unite members in the NHS in both Kent and Yorkshire are striking this week over being transferred into wholly owned subsidiaries. This is despite this practice of privatisation supposedly being ‘paused’. Health workers have won victories in Mid Yorkshire, Esk & Wear Valley and Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trusts and Unison members have now won a ballot to strike in Bolton. The NSSN calls for support and solidarity to all these workers and their unions and supports the demand to end the transfers and all privatisation in the NHS and the bringing back to the NHS of all […]

NSSN 405: POA members take action over prison safety

September 19, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network sends solidarity to the POA union whose members took part in protests outside prisons last Friday over the massive safety concerns that the union has for their members and other staff and inmates as a result of Tory cuts. The POA have disgracefully had their democratic right to take industrial action taken from them. The NSSN is proud that they have been a longstanding affiliate of ours and we call on the whole trade union movement to stand with them. The action has forced the Government to enter talks with the union. POA General […]

404: NSSN TUC Rally – general election to ‘Get Tories Out!’

September 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network rally last Sunday September 9th before the start of TUC Congress was a tremendous event with over 200 trade union activists attending alongside congress delegates. TUC was held in Manchester to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first congress in 1868 and the NSSN rally took place in the venue of that first conference, the Mechanics Institute. Leaders from fighting unions spoke alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. The clear message from speakers was that we need to fight for a general election to get […]

400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

NSSN 399: Support the striking Birmingham home care workers

August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Birmingham Council Unison members, who are stepping up their action. This report is from a Birmingham NSSN supporter:- Birmingham home care workers are starting 14 days of discontinuous strike action on 9 August in protest at the Labour council’s attempts to create a completely part-time workforce which would mean that many workers would be unable to pay household bills. If the workers don’t accept either 14, 21 or 22.75 hours contracts they will be made compulsorily redundant. Senior Unison steward Mandy Buckley initially drew up alternative rotas for the staff but senior management refused them because in Mandy’s […]

398: NSSN TUC Congress Rally Sun Sept 9 Manchester

July 26, 2018 in Bulletins

  In the year of the 150th anniversary of the TUC, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) will again be organising a rally before the start of TUC Congress. It will be from 1pm on Sunday September 9th in the Manchester Mechanics Institute/Conference Centre, Princess Street, M1 6DD. More details will follow. Leaders from fighting unions will be speaking alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. The NSSN has a proud record of supporting workers and building solidarity. We also have a history of fighting for the biggest co-ordination of action across […]

397: NSSN conference – Mood for fighting action & coordination

July 13, 2018 in Bulletins

Last Saturday saw hundreds of union reps and activists meet together in this year’s National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference. Below is a full report of what was a vibrant event. “I’m sick and tired of hearing that the trade union movement is on its way out,” declared Linda Taaffe in opening the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on 7 July. Part of the reason the lie can be told she said, “is the TUC itself. Where has the TUC been in the recent period?” This set the scene for the meeting that followed, which made clear the ongoing […]

NSSN 396: Come to NSSN Conference this Saturday!

July 5, 2018 in Bulletins

  The 2018 National Shop Stewards Network Annual Conference is from 11am-2.30pm this Saturday July 7th in Conway Hall – 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. The attendance fee is £6 and it is open to all trade union and anti-cuts campaigners. Affiliation letter and conference appeal letter is here  Facebook event NSSN Conference meets in the week when the NHS reaches its 70th birthday. Like all other public services, it is under siege from Tory austerity. NHS workers are taking strike action in the North West and are in dispute in Yorkshire. Council workers in East Dunbartonshire in […]

NSSN 395: March this Saturday to defend #OurNHS70

June 27, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network gives full solidarity and support to this Saturday’s demonstrations in support of the NHS as it reaches its 70th anniversary. The NSSN has been to the fore in supporting health campaigns on a national scale against Tory cuts – including the demo in March 2017 and the one earlier this year – as well as in local areas such as in Huddersfield, Leicester and Mansfield where victories have been won plus many others. We have also played our part in building solidarity for health workers in struggle, including the Junior Doctors in 2016, the […]

394: PCS national pay strike ballot begins – VOTE YES!

June 18, 2018 in Bulletins

  PCS The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support and solidarity to the PCS who voted at their recent annual conference to move to a national strike ballot on pay that opens today June 18 PCS pay ballot opens today – vote yes (18 Jun) – It is vital that all eligible members vote yes for a 5% pay rise in our statutory pay ballot, which opened today, and send a powerful message to the government. The decision to ballot was taken by delegates following a vote at the union’s annual conference in Brighton on 22 May to support […]