NSSN 393: Solidarity with Grenfell 1 year on & Unite affiliates to NSSN

June 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) gives our full solidarity to all those who suffered in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last year and all those who have been affected by this tragic disaster. We pay tribute to the courageous work and support of local residents and campaigners and the emergency service workers, including firefighters and paramedics. A year ago we wrote this statement, which we are proud to stand by: “The NSSN sends its condolences and solidarity to the relatives, friends and associates of the dead in Grenfell Tower. The deaths of these working-class martyrs are the responsibility […]

NSSN 392: West Midlands firefighters vote in favour of strike action over exploitative contracts

June 5, 2018 in Bulletins

  From FBU website (29 May) Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by a margin of 9 to 1 for strike action in a dispute over the imposition of contracts on new entrants into the service. The results of the ballot were released today (29 May) and show a 90% vote for strike action on an 82% turnout. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says West Midlands Fire Authority should urgently listen to its firefighters and withdraw the contracts immediately. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This is an overwhelming result. It shows the huge strength of feeling among firefighters […]

389: March against the Tories – Newham Academy victory!

May 8, 2018 in Bulletins

The NSSN calls on all our supporters and affiliates to continue to build for this Saturday’s ‘A new deal for working people’ demonstration. We believe that it is an opportunity to provide a platform to launch a movement that can take on this weak and divided Tory government. Unions such as the PCS are using it to step up their fight to break the Tories’ 1% pay cap in the civil service that could see a strike ballot shortly after the union’s conference in two weeks’ time. We’ve already seen this year the CWU and UCU push the employers back […]

NSSN 388: BFAWU members strike back at McDonalds

May 2, 2018 in Bulletins

  NSSN supporters actively supported yesterday’s strike by BFAWU members in McDonald’s restaurants in Manchester, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford. The day started with a midnight walkout in Manchester and ended as workers from all four areas converged on Watford, where there were stoppages at two of the town’s sites. The strike rally heard from the strikers themselves and BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, National President Ian Hodson as well as a number of supporters including Labour MP and former McDonald’s worker Laura Pidcock. Drawing the rally to a close, Ian Hodson reminded everyone to come on the TUC demonstration on […]

NSSN 387: IWMD, May Day #McStrike, Bromley victory & 2 years fighting DOO

April 24, 2018 in Bulletins

  This week’s bulletin falls just before two important dates in the calendar for trade unionists and workers – International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) on Saturday April 28th and May Day International Workers Day on Tuesday May 1st. There will be events all round the country over the next week or so to mark both of these days. But there are also strikes and protests that bring out the meaning of both IWMD and May Day. Tomorrow Wednesday April 25th, three days before IWMD, the RMT rail union will be marking two years of their struggle against Driver Only Operations, […]

NSSN 386: Victory for trade union rights in West Dunbartonshire

April 17, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends our congratulations to the trade unions in West Dunbartonshire Council – Unite, Unison, GMB and EIS. This is an article explaining the victory:- The SNP administration in West Dunbartonshire has, this morning, released a statement announcing their decision to reverse the cuts to trade union convenors and union facility time. This climbdown is a victory for the trade unions and local communities. Instead of the proposed cut to two convenors, they say they will now retain the full 3.5. This retreat comes after a mass campaign was mobilised, both in the work place and the local […]

NSSN 384: Support the indefinite Bromley library strike

April 4, 2018 in Bulletins

  Staff at all 14 of Bromley’s libraries in Unite started an indefinite strike on Wednesday 28 March over a ‘paltry and insulting’ pay offer. The strike by the 36 workers comes after the breakdown of pay talks between Unite and Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), which runs the library service on behalf of Bromley council. The strike is the latest to hit the controversial Tory-controlled council which has made outsourcing the lynchpin of its polices. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: This is the best response to the Tory anti – trade union laws, a 100% yes vote which smashes […]

NSSN 383: Support the Wilmington waste recycling workers – stop the suspensions!

March 27, 2018 in Bulletins

NSSN 383: Support the Wilmington waste recycling workers – stop the suspensions! The suspension of two of the Wilmington waste recycling workers, who are members of Unison after they returned to work following a successful first week on strike is a clear attempt to intimidate the workers into cancelling future strike action.  It has failed. The workers are more determined than ever to defeat the multi-national FCC Company, which despite making millions in profits last year, is not prepared to pay its workers sick pay.  The Wilmington workers are planning to take a further two weeks strike action starting from […]

382: NSSN Conference July 7 – support June 30 NHS protest

March 20, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN steering committee has decided to put our annual conference back a week to avoid a clash of dates with a national day of action to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS on June 30th. We will do all we can to build these protests against continuing Tory health cuts. As our supporters and affiliates will be aware, we had to cancel last year’s NSSN Conference because the People’s Assembly called an emergency post-General Election demo that clashed with the NSSN date. We made that decision because we only had a couple of weeks’ notice and put […]

NSSN 379: UCU lecturers strike back on pensions and pay!

February 27, 2018 in Bulletins

  UCU The National Shop Stewards Network is fully backing University and College Union (UCU) members in 61 universities who are taking strike action to defend their USS pension rights. This Wednesday they will be joined by UCU members at 15 colleges in Further Education, starting action on pay. All this action shows the potential for co-ordinated strikes across the public sector on pay and any attacks on pension rights. Sam Morecroft, one of our supporters in UCU from Sheffield has written this report: “‘University chiefs split as strikes cause chaos!’ read the front page of last Friday’s Times front […]