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 now July 7 – support June 30 NHS 70th anniversary

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 […]

NSSN 377: Support the strikes & protests in #HeartUnions week

February 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  For the 3rd year, the TUC and the unions are using #HeartUnions week to highlight the role that unions can play. Supporters of the NSSN will be taking part in activities around the country, especially on two of the major themes – public sector pay and assisting the BFAWU in organising low-paid workers in McDonalds.   But we also appeal to all our supporters and affiliates to use this week to give support and solidarity to those workers currently taking industrial action. As usual, the NSSN bulletin contains information about many of the disputes taking place around the country. […]

NSSN 371: RMT starts 2018 with DOO strikes in 5 train companies

January 2, 2018 in Bulletins

  From the RMT website:- RMT announces strike action in New Year in separate disputes over the attack on the role of the guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation. RAIL UNION RMT today (December 20) confirmed strike action in January in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. Members on Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia, South Western Railways and Island Line have been instructed to take action as follows: Not to book on for any […]

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 […]