346: March together Saturday: fight together to get Tories out!

June 27, 2017 in Bulletins

The General Election result has shocked the Tories and the media but it has confirmed that we’ve had enough of brutal cuts. Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto gave workers the opportunity to express their anger. On the massive March 26th 2011 TUC demonstration, up to 750,000 trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners marched against Cameron’s austerity plans. The NSSN produced a flyer that day that warned “This is the fight of our lives…literally.” The tragedy of Grenfell has laid bare the effects of cut-backs, privatisation and de-regulation that the Tories call ‘red-tape’ but actually protect lives. The likes of Boris Johnson praise emergency […]

NSSN cancels conference to support July 1st demo

June 15, 2017 in News

As our supporters and affiliates will know, this year’s conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (our 11th) is due to take place in London on Saturday July 1st. Hundreds of trade union and anti-cuts campaigners will be preparing to take part in discussions and debates about the crucial struggles and disputes facing working people. Of course, a prominent issue would be how we organise a mass movement to take on a weak and discredited Tory Government. The NSSN is not affiliated to any political party but we unapologetically campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-worker manifesto in the General Election and […]

NSSN 344: Tories Out! Corbyn In! Vote against austerity

June 6, 2017 in Bulletins

  This week’s NSSN bulletin comes out just days before one of the most crucial general elections for generations. The National Shop Stewards Network is primarily a rank and file network for trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners and we are not affiliated to any political party. But in this election, there is a clear choice. Jeremy Corbyn is standing on a programme that if elected to be Prime Minister, would be a massive blow against 7 years of Tory austerity and attacks on jobs and living standards. It is estimated that on average workers’ incomes could be lower in 2021 […]

NSSN 343: Scottish Lecturers win! Election Promises On School Funding

May 31, 2017 in Bulletins

Education is becoming a major issue as the General election enters its final period. In Scotland, after six days of national strike action, lecturers in colleges have won a major victory in their fight for fair and equal pay and harmonised terms and conditions. Our first piece this week is a report on the win by a Scottish NSSN supporter. The second is a press release issued on May 28th by the NUT, ATL and GMB unions on the manifesto promises on school funding by the main parties.   Scottish Lecturers win! The dispute was won as an escalation of […]

NSSN 341: CWU members walk out to force Royal Mail back!

May 16, 2017 in Bulletins

Royal Mail workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) union, part of the Eastern 6 Branch, won a tremendous victory last week in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, despite the new Tory trade Union Act. A CWU member sent in the following report:- “Royal Mail had suspended two representatives for allegedly claiming unauthorised overtime. CWU members took unofficial industrial action across 9 Royal Mail offices on Monday. CWU general secretary, Dave Ward, tweeted “Offices across MK/LU postcode have walked out this morning in support of @CWUnews reps under attack. Solidarity and full support #TheCWU”. In the face of the militant action shown […]

NSSN 338: Celebrate International Workers Memorial Day and May Day

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Unions and their members will be taking part in events from Friday to Monday and next weekend to celebrate two major events in the workers’ calendar. International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) is this Friday April 28th, and we call on our supporters and affiliates to attend any events in their area as well as May Day protests, rallies and demonstrations which will be taking place over this and next weekend To find IWMD events in your area see TUC website or follow #IWMD17 on twitter Some May Day events are listed below and those in the London, Southern, South […]

NSSN 337: Support the fight for pensions at BMW, AWE, Fujitsu & Royal Mail!

April 19, 2017 in Bulletins

This week sees another dispute flaring into action over employers closing final salary/defined benefits pension schemes as BMW car workers start five weeks of strike action at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall near Birmingham and Goodwood. Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment will have taken 16 days of strikes after voting by 80% in a re-ballot to continue and escalate the action with 8 further days of action into May. The long-running Fujitsu dispute  is also about pension cuts in addition to redundancies. Recently, Tata steelworkers reluctantly voted to accept the closure of their scheme because of the threat of plant […]

NSSN 336: London NHS workers walk off the job to win!

April 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  Too many in the union movement are pointing to the new Tory Trade Union Act with its undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds to argue that action is now virtually impossible. But it’s clear from the events of last week at the Royal London Hospital, that workers are ready to defend their rights. That was the unmistakable message from the 160 domestic staff who walked off the floor at the hospital which is part of Barts NHS Trust, on 6 April. Their new employer, the privateer vulture contractor Serco, thought it could set the tone for workplace relations by withdrawing […]

NSSN 335: Support 8-day Unite Bromley library strike as ASLEF drivers reject Southern Rail offer again!

April 4, 2017 in Bulletins

  Unite members working in Bromley libraries began the first of 8 days of strike action last Saturday. The long running dispute is in defence of the library service from privatisation. The campaign has already seen off the privateers from Carillion and a proposal to replace permanent staff with volunteers. Now Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) are thought to be the last realistic bidders for the contract – although the Council ludicrously claims that commercial confidentiality means that they cannot disclose the remaining bidders!! GLL claim to be a social enterprise yet act like the worst of private companies, employing three […]

NSSN 334: Join the PCS PayDay protests this Friday

March 28, 2017 in Bulletins

The PCS is organising protests around the country this Friday March 31st on the last payday before the new financial year begins. “The payday protests, which are happening ahead of the publication of the Treasury’s pay guidance for 2017, are your chance to drive home our message that our pay has been eroded for far too long and it’s time to drop the 1% cap and negotiate increases in our pay. Our payday protests will send a powerful message to government that we need and deserve a decent pay rise and will back up our national pay claim to the […]