NSSN 370: Seasons Greetings – keep fighting back in 2018!!

December 18, 2017 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our greetings and thanks to all our supporters and affiliates in our last weekly bulletin of the year. 2017 was a year of struggle. We’ve seen waves of strike action, too numerous to mention them all. As you will read in this bulletin, this wave continues into the holiday period. These have often been by low-paid workers to defend their living standards as prices rises and pay caps see the biggest drop in workers’ real incomes since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century. We saw the ‘B-strikes’ in the […]

NSSN 369: Fight together for a FULL pay rise!

December 12, 2017 in Bulletins

Last Tuesday, council workers and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received a 2-year pay offer from the local government employers with the main headline of a 2% rise for each year. The local government unions will now consider this offer, which falls far short of their 5% pay claim. As Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Continuing government cuts to local government have seen real term pay cuts of up to 21 per cent for some of the lowest paid public servants in the country.” There is also huge concern that this offer appears to be […]

368: Leicester NHS campaigners save children’s heart unit!

December 5, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN welcomes the victory of the Leicester Glenfield campaign, in which our supporters have played a key role:- ‘One of the main campaign organisers Steve Score said, “Celebrations were taking place in Leicester city centre on the 30th November following an outstanding victory for the campaign to save congenital heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. A mood of relief and of jubilation spread from campaigners to people across the region. We hope this victory encourages campaigners across the country who are fighting to save the NHS. Congenital heart surgery at The Royal Brompton and Harefield trust in London, which had […]

367: Budget: scrap pay cap & Birmingham bins victory!

November 28, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 367: After the Budget: fight together to scrap the pay cap plus Birmingham binworkers victory! The Budget shows that left to their own devices, the Tories are looking to maintain the public sector cap that has devastated workers’ living standards. The independent think-tank Resolution Foundation calculates that pay won’t reach 2008 levels until the mid-2020s – half a decade longer than previously estimated. However, this is a weak, divided and crisis-ridden government that must be confronted and can be defeated. The NSSN has saluted the decisive result of the PCS consultative pay ballot and now we welcome the vote […]

NSSN 366: BiFab – Scottish workers’ action secures breakthrough

November 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  Workers at the three threatened Burntisland Fabrication – BiFab – yards have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured, at least until April 2018. Their decisive action over the last week, and those of the GMB and Unite trade unions, has delivered this important breakthrough. Watch the Scottish TUC’s video of the workers’ protest outside the Scottish Parliament. From an article by NSSN supporters in Scotland:- On 12th November, the company said it had no money to pay wages and was giving notice that it intended to enter administration. The threat to 1400 workers who […]

NSSN 364: PCS members vote YES in pay ballot!

November 8, 2017 in Bulletins

  PCS members vote overwhelmingly to back campaign of action on pay (7 Nov) – A decisive yes vote by tens of thousands of PCS members in our consultative ballot on pay sends a powerful message to the government to act to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises. The ballot, run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consisted of 2 questions: Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise? If the government refuse to scrap […]

362: PCS strikes against DWP closures & RMT DOO strikes

October 26, 2017 in Bulletins

In this week’s bulletin, we headline with the continued action by PCS members against office closures in the Department for Work and Pensions. Also, for the 3rd time, Southern Rail management have put a divisive offer to train drivers in the dispute against Driver Only Operation (DOO). We call on ASLEF members to again reject this offer and open the way to joint action with the RMT, who have now called strikes against DOO in five train operators.   PCS Now PCS members at Plymouth Old Tree Court benefit centre have voted to strike on 6 November in protest at the plans […]

NSSN 360: support the CWU Royal Mail strike, PCS pay ballot and TUC lobby, rally & march to scrap the cap

October 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  CWU Support the Royal Mail strike – for 48 hours starting 11am Thursday October 19th. As we write this bulletin, the CWU are in the High Court because Royal Mail management are seeking an injunction to stop the strike. This is despite the union smashing the undemocratic new voting thresholds in the Tory Trade Union Act. The NSSN calls on the whole of the labour and trade union movement to send support and solidarity to the CWU, especially if the injunction is granted www.cwu.org/campaign/the-four-pillars-of-security CWU members are meeting outside the court from 10.15am on Thursday October 12th   PCS […]

NSSN 356: Watch VIDEO of NSSN TUC Rally

September 14, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 356: Watch VIDEO of NSSN TUC Rally – march & strike together for a pay rise! Last Sunday, up to 300 union activists, including TUC Congress delegates crammed into the National Shop Stewards Network Rally in Brighton, chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President. They listened to Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and leaders of fighting unions as well as some of the main reps of the summer strike wave. So alongside Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey stood Unite strikers from the Birmingham Bins, BA Mixed Fleet and Barts NHS Trust disputes as well as the London Bus safety […]

NSSN 355: NSSN TUC Rally this Sunday

September 6, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 355: NSSN TUC Rally this Sunday – Fight together for a pay rise! Workers will be looking to the TUC Congress starting this Sunday in Brighton for a lead in taking on the brutal Tory attack on living standards. Real incomes are at 2007 levels and falling every month as price rises outstrip wage increases. Cameron notoriously claimed that we were “all in it together” when he launched his austerity offensive in 2010 but his class of super-rich have got even richer under the Tories while nurses and other workers have to go to foodbanks. But the fightback is […]