July 15, 2015 in Bulletins
If anyone had any doubts about the power of the organised working-class, the incredible strikes on London Underground and First Great Western by tube and railworkers’ unions last week were a tremendous demonstration of what the unions can do if they take determined action. The NSSN salutes the strikes as well as the co-ordinated Budget Day strikes by workers in the National Gallery, Barnet, Bromley, the protests against victimisation at Sotheby’s and the Youth Against Austerity mobilisations by Youth Fight for Jobs. But it also wasn’t lost on the Tories. They have now outlined their vicious anti-union laws in the […]
April 16, 2014 in Bulletins
Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise and correctly health unions have attacked ‘divide and rule’ tactics. But the best way to avoid this is to seriously prepare for co-ordinated strike action across the public sector. Unison health conference yesterday passed an emergency motion mandating the union to ballot its members in the NHS for […]
March 14, 2014 in Appeals, News, Strikes
John Reid, President of the RMT’s London Transport regional council, has been suspended from his work pending investigation following a complaint against him made while he was carrying out his lawful duties on the picket line in the February strike to defend jobs and ticket offices. A rumour has been started by persons unknown that John was arrested on the picket line and engaged in abusive behaviour. This is not the case. The NSSN extends it’s full support to John Reid. We urge our readers and supporters to send messages of support to the address below. Please send messages of support […]
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. […]
February 5, 2014 in News, Protest, Reports, Strikes
Central London The strike began at Euston station with a pre-strike rally and speeches to the press. RMT London transport secretary and NSSN steering committee member John Reid chaired a line-up of trade union movement speakers: Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary; John Leach, RMT regional organiser; Chris Baugh, PCS assistant general secretary; Hugo Pierre, Camden Unison; Martin Powell-Davies, a member of the NUT executive; and David Ayrton from the GMB. Returning to Central London at 4:30am, we tooted and waved at TSSA pickets setting up at 4:30am as we drove to Kings Cross. “Its guerrilla tactics today” said a […]
February 5, 2014 in News, Strikes, Video
Thousands of workers on London Underground began the first full day of strike action this morning at 5:30AM. NSSN supporters were active in the strike itself and bringing support and solidarity to the picket lines across the city. The following two videos are from NSSN supporters, one of whom was on strike, from the Acton Town depot picket line.
January 20, 2014 in News, Strikes, Video
From Reel News YouTube channel The closure of all ticket offices is just the start. By 2021, LUL bosses want a fully automated underground system including driverless trains, no-one on the stations to help passengers or to deal with emergencies, and a stripped down flexible workforce on zero hours contracts with no holiday or sick pay. The first 48 hour strike against these dangerous and unworkable plans starts 12 noon on February 4; come to the picket lines and show your support.
January 14, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes
Video from flash mob organised by RMT. The even coincided with the announcement of two 48 hour strikes in February. Interviews with RMT activists Eamon Lynch, John Reid and Sean as well as NSSN chair Rob Williams.