NSSN 251: Strike Together against Tory anti-union laws

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 […]

NSSN Conference July 5: “Fight Together for a Pay Rise!”

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 […]

Tubeworker John Reid victimized over February strike (repost)

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 […]

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. […]

Tube strike day 1: Reports from the picket lines

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 […]

VIDEO: NSSN supporters report from Tube picket line

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.

London Underground: £9.8 BILLION cuts on the way

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.

VIDEO: RMT Flash mob at Euston Station

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.

NSSN 174 – Happy New Year…the resistance has already started in 2014!

January 8, 2014 in Bulletins, International, News

2014 has started in the same way as 2013 ended – yet more stories on an almost daily basis about the economic catastrophe facing working people. Food banks, pay-day loan shark companies, bedroom tax, living standards slashed, yet Osborne claims that another £25billion cuts has to be found…and it has to come yet again from the poorest in society, while the rich continue to prosper.   But just as last year ended with a swathe of strikes, we have already seen action this year – PCS members were on strike on New Year’s Eve and January 2nd! And the fantastic […]