NSSN 245: Victories show that action works!

June 3, 2015 in Bulletins

It’s just a month since the Tories won the general election and already workers are demonstrating how they can be stopped in their tracks! In the last week alone:- Education unions in Lewisham were due to take another two days of strike action this week against academisation but the plans have been deferred. Kone workers were going to continue their weekly Monday strikes against management’s attempts to use a tracking system as a disciplinary tool. But they too have won a victory. For the second time, the threat of national strike action by Network Rail workers has forced the bosses […]

NSSN 243: Two weeks after the election…workers strike back!

May 22, 2015 in Bulletins

This is our second NSSN e-bulletin since the general election result which confirmed a Tory majority government. Since then, a number of unions have held their national conferences. We are delighted to announce that at theirs, the FBU have voted to affiliate to the NSSN – the 9th national union to officially support the Network. At that conference and others the clear message is that workers are prepared to fight Tory cuts and any new attacks on union rights that are announced in the Queen’s Speech on May 27. That defiant mood is reflected in the incredible number of strikes, […]

230:Victory! Protest wins reinstatement of Crossrail worker

February 17, 2015 in Bulletins

Construction workers were celebrating this morning (Monday February 16) after a worker on the huge London Crossrail project was reinstated after being sacked on Friday for the crime of raising health and safety issues. His employer, Costain, tried to argue that he had been laid off because of lack of work, yet he had only been employed four days earlier on a job that has three years left! These underhand methods are the insecure reality for construction workers and a massive obstacle for trade union members and activists who try to ensure that sites are safe and workers aren’t ripped off […]

NSSN 223: Season’s greetings – the year that was 2014

December 17, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s time to say goodbye to 2014. It was the year the trade union movement had to tragically say farewell to a genuine giant, Bob Crow. The NSSN salutes his memory and those of many other fallen comrades who have left us this year. The year started with Bob’s union, the RMT standing up to the Tory bully Boris Johnson by stopping London in defence of Tube ticket offices. How apt that 2015 could start with thousands of London busworkers striking for one rate of pay across the different bus operators. We’ve seen many disputes from the heroic marathon struggle […]

NSSN 209 – Video of NSSN lobby of the TUC

September 11, 2014 in Bulletins

Last Sunday September 7th, 150 trade union activists came to the NSSN rally before the start of the TUC Conference in Liverpool and then lobbied delegates. They listened to union general secretaries – Ronnie Draper BFAWU bakers’ union, Steve Gillan POA and Ian Lawrence NAPO and Chris Baugh PCS assistant general secretary alongside Roy Bentham Blacklist Support Group, Dave Honeybone striking Unison rep at Doncaster Care UK, Jane Nellist NUT NEC, Tony Mulhearn one of the 47 Liverpool councillors, Helen Pattison Youth Fight for Jobs and NSSN chair Rob Williams. RMT North West regional organiser Darren Ireland opened the rally […]

IN PICTURES: NSSN Conference 2014

July 8, 2014 in News

The 5th July 2014 saw a packed 8th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference, held at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, London. Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers union, the BFAWU, described the conference on Twitter as, “the biggest shop stewards gathering of the year”. As the photos will show, the NSSN conference brought together a diverse number of activists from the rank and file and leadership of Britain’s fighting unions

NSSN 185: Defend education – Solidarity with teachers’ strike

March 25, 2014 in Bulletins

The strike of National Union of Teachers (NUT) members on 26 March is most definitely on! Now every NUT Association and every school rep must go all out to get the biggest possible turnout for the national strike. We must reverse the damage that has been done to teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions. In doing so, we will be defending education too. Even official DfE figures have confirmed that teachers are typically working 60 hours a week. In April, yet more will be taken from our salaries to pay for a pension that many won’t be able to claim […]

NSSN 182 – International Women’s Day 2014

March 4, 2014 in Bulletins

  The struggle against austerity “As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day, A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray, Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses, For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”     As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men, For they are women’s children, and we mother them again. Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes; Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!   As we come marching, marching, unnumbered […]

NSSN 179 – BFAWU ‘Fast Food Rights’ DoA 15th February

February 12, 2014 in Bulletins

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU), Youth Fight for Jobs, National Shop Stewards Network, Unite the Resistance, DPAC and John McDonnell MP and other supporters of the new Fast Food Rights initiative are launching our campaign with a day of action on Saturday 15th February. We’ve been inspired by the movement in the USA. Fast food workers there have taken wildcat strike action, in some instances, demanding a fourfold increase in their pay, to reflect the real cost of living – the ‘Fight 4 15’, a $15/hr minimum wage. This groundswell of support helped propel Socialist Alternative member […]

NSSN 178 – Tubeworkers strike back! 1st day strike reports

February 5, 2014 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Strikes

READ 1ST DAY STRIKE REPORTS FROM NSSN WEBSITE   From Bob Crow RMT General Secretary to RMT members:- Dear Colleagues STRIKE ROCK SOLID! EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND The strike action that began last night has been rock solid and this has meant the London Underground network has effectively been closed down. This isn’t a boast but a fact which can leave LUL in no doubt of the determination of RMT members to put a stop to their disastrous plans to cut nearly 1000 jobs and close ticket offices. RMT members have spoken with their feet […]