NSSN 338: Celebrate International Workers Memorial Day and May Day

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Unions and their members will be taking part in events from Friday to Monday and next weekend to celebrate two major events in the workers’ calendar. International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) is this Friday April 28th, and we call on our supporters and affiliates to attend any events in their area as well as May Day protests, rallies and demonstrations which will be taking place over this and next weekend To find IWMD events in your area see TUC website or follow #IWMD17 on twitter Some May Day events are listed below and those in the London, Southern, South […]

NSSN 337: Support the fight for pensions at BMW, AWE, Fujitsu & Royal Mail!

April 19, 2017 in Bulletins

This week sees another dispute flaring into action over employers closing final salary/defined benefits pension schemes as BMW car workers start five weeks of strike action at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall near Birmingham and Goodwood. Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment will have taken 16 days of strikes after voting by 80% in a re-ballot to continue and escalate the action with 8 further days of action into May. The long-running Fujitsu dispute  is also about pension cuts in addition to redundancies. Recently, Tata steelworkers reluctantly voted to accept the closure of their scheme because of the threat of plant […]

NSSN 336: London NHS workers walk off the job to win!

April 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  Too many in the union movement are pointing to the new Tory Trade Union Act with its undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds to argue that action is now virtually impossible. But it’s clear from the events of last week at the Royal London Hospital, that workers are ready to defend their rights. That was the unmistakable message from the 160 domestic staff who walked off the floor at the hospital which is part of Barts NHS Trust, on 6 April. Their new employer, the privateer vulture contractor Serco, thought it could set the tone for workplace relations by withdrawing […]

NSSN 334: Join the PCS PayDay protests this Friday

March 28, 2017 in Bulletins

The PCS is organising protests around the country this Friday March 31st on the last payday before the new financial year begins. “The payday protests, which are happening ahead of the publication of the Treasury’s pay guidance for 2017, are your chance to drive home our message that our pay has been eroded for far too long and it’s time to drop the 1% cap and negotiate increases in our pay. Our payday protests will send a powerful message to government that we need and deserve a decent pay rise and will back up our national pay claim to the […]

NSSN 332: March against Racism this Saturday!

March 16, 2017 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is supporting the ‘Marches against Racism’ this Saturday March 18th in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.   Watch this video of Unison NEC members April Ashley and Hugo Pierre who spoke to the NSSN in a personal capacity on why they will be marching and why workers’ unity against racism and austerity is needed to force back the division whipped up by Trump, UKIP and the Tories. March 18 National Demo: Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism details here on ‘Stand up to Racism’ website London: 12pm, (BBC) […]

331: After massive march, fight together to defend #OurNHS

March 7, 2017 in Bulletins

  What a time to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th – with struggles and disputes that have a big involvement of women workers. We mention some in our bulletin but keep up to speed with any IWD events through #IWD and #IWD2017 on twitter   The NSSN salutes the massive #OurNHS demonstration that filled the streets of London last Saturday. It was called by the Health Campaigns Together grassroots campaign. To get a flavour of the march, please look at the following videos, the first from Leicester campaigners who have been fighting to save the Glenfield children […]

NSSN 327: Support RMT on Southern Rail!

February 8, 2017 in Bulletins

  The transport union RMT, its members, and many across the union movement are fuming at the proposed Southern Rail ‘deal’. It was made with the leadership of the Aslef transport union and presided over by the TUC – they and the Tories hope it will settle the Southern Rail dispute. We don’t believe that this is reflected on the ASLEF picket lines, where members have expressed real solidarity with RMT guards and station staff, who have taken 28 days of strike action. We call on Aslef members to reject this offer and call more coordinated strikes with the RMT. […]

NSSN 326: PCS fights Govt attack on DWP job centres and offices

February 1, 2017 in Bulletins

From Katrine Williams – PCS DWP Group Vice President & NSSN Vice-Chair As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in DWP offices and more job centres to share sites in local authority premises to deliver 30% saving on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate. At the beginning of December 2016, there was an announcement of the closure of half the jobcentres in Glasgow. This was met by immediate anger and opposition from PCS members, politicians and […]

NSSN 325: NSSN public meeting this Thursday – “Nationalise Tata to guarantee jobs & pensions”

January 24, 2017 in Bulletins

  Last April, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) called a protest in Port Talbot as fears grew about the future of its steelworks. Its owner Tata was looking to break up and sell off much of its UK operations. Over 200 local people demonstrated behind our slogan ‘Nationalise Tata to save the steelworks, jobs and communities.’ It is a welcome fact that almost 10 months ago later, the works remain standing and operating. Whatever the true intention of Tata, it has proved politically impossible to close it, for now at least. Now the workforce has been given the extremely […]

NSSN 324: Trade Union Act to come into force on March 1st – TUC call a special conference

January 18, 2017 in Bulletins

  The Tories have confirmed that their anti-union laws, incorporated in the Trade Union Act, including new undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds will come into force on March 1st. The NSSN calls on the TUC to implement the policy passed at last September’s TUC Congress which was moved by the RMT which includes: “Congress believes the General Council needs to convene an urgent conference of affiliates to provide a practical forum, including workshops, as to how to best coordinate our legal and industrial response to the Act in line with policy already set by Congress.” and an amendment from the […]