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 […]

Ronnie Draper to speak at NSSN Conference

January 17, 2014 in News

We are holding our 8th annual conference on Saturday July 5th in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers union will be among the speakers. It is open to everyone in the union and anti-cuts movement who want to fight back against the employers’ offensive. Think about sending members of your branch – it only costs £6 each

NSSN 175 – Support the London Tubeworkers!

January 15, 2014 in Bulletins

From RMT London Calling read full bulletin here Despite the concerted efforts of TfL bosses to persuade members to vote against strike action our members voted overwhelmingly to take action to defend our jobs and services. 77% voted in favour of strike action. That’s 31% of those balloted, a greater percentage of the electorate than voted either for Boris or Cameron. It is a resounding mandate. We can win this dispute if we stand firm. We will be further strengthened when TSSA get a yes vote in their ballot, which is now underway. We demand the withdrawal of LU’s Fit […]

NSSN Southern Region Conference

December 11, 2013 in News

NSSN SOUTHERN REGION CONFERENCE hosted by UNITE Bracknell Building the Fightback against Austerity Speakers: Alex Gordon (RMT) Rob Williams (NSSN) Saturday 18th January  2014, 2pm to 5pm Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell. Dear Brother/Sister, If you are a rank and file trade unionist or anti-cuts campaigner you are cordially invited to our NSSN Southern Region conference. The NSSN was initiated in 2006 by the RMT and now has national support from, PCS, CWU, NUJ, NUM, POA  and BFAWU as well as many branches, trades councils, etc. Organising mutual solidarity when trade unions are in dispute is at the heart of our work. […]

NSSN 172: Enough is enough…no work ‘til we drop!

December 11, 2013 in Bulletins

Osborne’s Autumn Statement last Thursday, not only brought forward by ten years the new retirement age of first 68 and then 69 – it will be open-ended with it being regularly reviewed in line with life expectancy. This poses workers getting their state pensions into their 70s and because many occupational pensions use this age as a yardstick, workers will fear being forced to work until they drop for the full retirement benefits that they have worked and paid for. In one fell swoop, Osborne has kicked away one of the main planks of the pensions deal that unfortunately some […]

NSSN 169 – End Blacklisting. Fight Tory witch-hunt of Unite!

November 18, 2013 in Bulletins

End the Blacklist! Own up! Clean up! Pay up! The recent death of Richard Laco on a Laing O’Rourke building site in Kings Cross has again raised the issue of construction safety to centre stage. A silent vigil for Richard was organised by the Construction Safety Campaign and was attended by family members and the girlfriend of the deceased building worker. Recent figures show that construction deaths have soared in London and even Laing O’Rourke’s own internal reports state that there has been a “huge rise” in hazards and near misses on their sites last year. Laing O’Rourke have adopted […]