SOAS cleaners strike again!

March 21, 2014 in News, Strikes, Uncategorized

Unison members working for outsourced cleaning company ISS at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have again been on strike today. The strikers, many of them migrant workers are demanding the same terms and conditions such as sick pay and other benefits enjoyed by in-house workers. They and their supporters are also calling for them to be brought in-house and work for SOAS directly.  This is the 3rd day of strike action after a two day strike two weeks ago. The workers received tremendous support from college workers, students and other trade unionists who attended the picket line […]

NSSN 181 – Glasgow care workers escalate action

February 26, 2014 in Bulletins

The Glasgow care workers strike action is growing stronger and more solid. After taking two 48-hour strikes in January the around 400 Unison members involved have now just completed a 72-hour strike over the Valentine’s weekend. If Social Work bosses and the Labour administration thought the resolve of the workers could be broken, they couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact the mood has hardened even further. At a mass meeting on Sunday 16th February workers unanimously voted to escalate their action and intend to take a further three 72-hour strikes starting on March 7th and then continues for the […]

NSSN 180 – Tube unions 1 Johnson 0

February 19, 2014 in Bulletins

A SOLID STRIKE by RMT AND TSSA has gained us a political and industrial victory over Boris Johnson. A partial retreat by our bosses from an intransigent position of refusing to withdraw their proposed cuts of a 1,000 jobs and closing virtually all ticket offices has been achieved. Action is suspended for eight weeks while all aspects of the proposals are discussed and implementation is put on hold as is the HR1 redundancy notice. This shows the power of effective industrial action. The action gained support from the public in London, many of whom congratulated us for resisting the cuts. […]

Royal Opera House cleaners beat low pay

February 4, 2014 in News, Strikes

From the IWGB Victory over poverty pay

NSSN 176 – Local government cuts: Protest AND then strike

January 21, 2014 in Bulletins, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Since May 2010 407,000 jobs have been lost in local government and some of the biggest cuts are yet to bite. In adjoining counties in the east midlands, 2 county councils, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – both Labour controlled, are planning cuts of £157m and £154 respectively over the next 3 years. These are examples not exceptions. And for those ‘lucky’ enough to keep their jobs, over two-thirds earn below the coalition government’s low pay threshold and £5,500 less than annual median earnings. Over half a million local government workers earn less than £15000 annually and almost the same amount fall […]

VIDEO: 3 Cosas Strike: Victory!

January 17, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes, Video

Reposted from Reel News YouTube Channel A major step forward for outsourced workers at the University of London: immediately after their two day strike in November 2013, Balfour Beatty announced major concessions on sick pay and holidays. However the campaign continues; there’s no movement on pensions, the sick pay and holidays are still not up to the level of directly employed workers, there’s no guaranteed employment for workers at the soon to be renovated Garden Halls, and there’s no recognition agreement. The next strike is for 3 days on 27-29 January 2014; please donate to the strike fund at http://3cosascampaign.wordpress.com/

NSSN 175 – Support the London Tubeworkers!

January 15, 2014 in Bulletins

From RMT London Calling read full bulletin here Despite the concerted efforts of TfL bosses to persuade members to vote against strike action our members voted overwhelmingly to take action to defend our jobs and services. 77% voted in favour of strike action. That’s 31% of those balloted, a greater percentage of the electorate than voted either for Boris or Cameron. It is a resounding mandate. We can win this dispute if we stand firm. We will be further strengthened when TSSA get a yes vote in their ballot, which is now underway. We demand the withdrawal of LU’s Fit […]

NSSN 172: Enough is enough…no work ‘til we drop!

December 11, 2013 in Bulletins

Osborne’s Autumn Statement last Thursday, not only brought forward by ten years the new retirement age of first 68 and then 69 – it will be open-ended with it being regularly reviewed in line with life expectancy. This poses workers getting their state pensions into their 70s and because many occupational pensions use this age as a yardstick, workers will fear being forced to work until they drop for the full retirement benefits that they have worked and paid for. In one fell swoop, Osborne has kicked away one of the main planks of the pensions deal that unfortunately some […]

IWGB Rally – ‘Justice for Christmas’

December 10, 2013 in News, Press Releases

IWGB House of Commons Rally NSSN Chair Rob Williams will also be speaking at the rally.

Victory for 3 COSAS workers!

November 29, 2013 in News, Strikes

London Student newspaper has reported on IWGB members at UoL winning concessions following their hugely impressive 2 day strike. Workers employed for more than 3 months will get sick pay, and after 3 years 25 days annual holiday, 22 days for all other workers. The striking staff will also be able to join Balfour Beatty’s pension scheme. These concessions by UoL management to the workers’ demands put the outsourced staff in line with directly employed workers on holidays with similar sick pay rights. IWGB are celebrating the victory, but know they’ll have to continue to fight to ensure their demands […]