412: Support Hants Prysmian Cables & Systems strike

November 6, 2018 in Bulletins

The second 48 hour strike at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire will go ahead tomorrow and Thursday, November 7-8 over a derisory pay offer below inflation. These are on top of the five days of strike action already taken since 26 September This is a report from last week’s first two day stoppage by Declan Clune, Secretary of Southampton & South West Hampshire Trades Union Council and a NSSN supporter:- It was a ‘spooky’ affair outside Prysmian Cables this very cold morning with workers joining the picket line dressed appropriately for Halloween. One worker said jokingly, “We’re trying […]

NSSN 411: 30,000 march for Scottish teachers’ pay

October 30, 2018 in Bulletins

For the second successive week, we headline the NSSN bulletin with a mass mobilisation of Scottish workers. Last Saturday, 30,000 teachers and supporters marched in Glasgow as part of the pay campaign by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union. The EIS demonstration took place just days after the incredible 8,000-strong Unison and GMB Equal Pay strike by women workers in Glasgow City Council. This statement is from the EIS website:- 30,000 marchers send clear message to government on teachers’ pay (29 Oct) An incredible 30,000 people, comprised of teachers from right across Scotland together with parents, children and […]

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 […]

NSSN 402: RMT DOO strike & UCU pay ballot

August 30, 2018 in Bulletins

  The RMT is well into its third year of fighting Driver Only Operation (DOO). It has been forced to step up action on Northern Rail and South West Railway with strikes over the last few weeks with more called over the next month. The NSSN was initiated by the RMT and their late great general secretary Bob Crow. We are proud to stand shoulder with them, and their members. RMT confirms action goes ahead on Northern Rail in fight over guards and rail safety as company refuses serious talks (24) – RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action […]

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 […]