NSSN 433: PCS members fight back in Ealing Tax Office and BEIS

April 15, 2019 in Bulletins

As PCS undertakes a national strike ballot against the continuing pay cap, members of the union took 3 days of strike action last week in two different disputes – to stop the closure of Ealing Tax Office and for low-paid outsourced workers to get the London Living Wage in BEIS. Please support both disputes as well as the national ballot. As you can read below, PCS members in Wolverhampton are also going to be balloted to fight the proposed closure of their tax office General secretary tells HMRC strikers: “HMRC don’t care about Ealing” (10 Apr) – PCS members in […]

NSSN 431: Honda workers march – “This is the fight of our lives!”

April 2, 2019 in Bulletins

The streets of Swindon were filled last Saturday with Honda workers, their families and supporters from the trade union movement. Thousands marched against the planned closure of the car plant in 2021. 3,500 Honda workers’ jobs are on the line and up to 10,000 more affected in related industries. Amongst the speakers at the rally were Unite general secretary Len McCluskey and plant convenor Paddy Brennan. Speaking alongside his shop stewards, Paddy said, “This is the fight of our lives.” The NSSN will support any action taken by the workers to defend their jobs. We call for the plant to […]

NSSN 426: Support the Swindon Honda workers – stop the closure

February 26, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our full solidarity and support to the Honda workers in Swindon after the company announced plans to close the plant in 2021. In addition to the 3,500 workers directly employed at the plant, over 12,000 jobs in component and related industries are on the line. We hope that the union and the workers’ campaign forces Honda to reverse their decision. But as when the Port Talbot steelworks were threatened three years ago, the NSSN believes that if necessary, such vital industrial plans should be taken into public ownership to ensure jobs and communities are protected. The NSSN […]

NSSN 423: Support the Ireland Nurses and Midwives strike!

January 29, 2019 in Bulletins

  Nearly 40,000 health workers in Ireland are due to start strike action tomorrow against wage restraint. The National Shop Stewards Network gives our full support and solidarity to Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and its members. “Ireland’s nurses and midwives will go on strike for 24 hours on January 30th, it was announced. The union is legally required to give one week’s notice, but has given three to allow for safety planning. Should the dispute go unresolved, there will be further 24-hour strikes on 5th and 7th of February, and then the 12th, 13th and 14th. The strike […]

NSSN 416: Striking Grimethorpe dinner ladies save their jobs

December 4, 2018 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin by sending congratulations to school meals supervisors in Yorkshire  From Unison website: Members return to work as redundancy plans dropped after 36 days of strike action. Dinner ladies at Ladywood school in Grimethorpe return to work today, having seen off a bid to make them all redundant. The school meals supervisors in the historic mining village just outside Barnsley, South Yorkshire, had taken 36 days of strike, beginning in September. UNISON reached an agreement with the school management to address the deficit in the school’s budget without any redundancies, due to expected natural staff […]

415: Cammell Laird workers start 10 weeks of industrial action

November 27, 2018 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin by sending solidarity to workers in Unite and the GMB unions fighting job cuts at Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside. From the Unite website: Cammell Laird workers in 10 weeks of industrial action over ‘callous’ job cuts (22 Nov) Workers at Birkenhead’s Cammell Laird shipyard will begin a 10 week programme of industrial action tomorrow (Friday 23 November) in defence of their jobs, amid plans to slash the workforce by 40 per cent. Around 250 members of Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, Unite, will start their action with an overtime ban from 16:00 […]

414: Tory crisis – TUC & unions mobilise to force general election!

November 20, 2018 in Bulletins

From Linda Taaffe NSSN national secretary:- Emergency General Council of the TUC urgently needed This austerity big business government is hanging by a thread. The Tories are tearing themselves apart. They don’t know which way to turn. Theresa May is weak. Her only strength is the fact that there is no realistic alternative Tory leader.  The ruling class have never been in such an exposed position in our lifetime! After 10 years since the 2007-8 financial crisis workers have suffered endless austerity and there is no end in sight. Even the UN rapporteur has made scathing comments about the levels […]

413: Teaching unions start indicative ballot on pay & funding

November 13, 2018 in Bulletins

This week, we headline with the consultative ballot by teaching unions. This is from the NEU:- Hands up because enough is enough! Recently, we set the Government six tests for school funding before the Chancellor’s autumn Budget. This was the Government’s opportunity to change course and properly fund the schools our children deserve. Instead, the Government has failed children once again. Our schools are at a breaking point and asking them to use their funds to meet a proportion of the latest teacher’s pay award is the final straw. A one-off payment for ‘little extras’ will do nothing to address […]

412: Support Hants Prysmian Cables & Systems strike

November 6, 2018 in Bulletins

The second 48 hour strike at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire will go ahead tomorrow and Thursday, November 7-8 over a derisory pay offer below inflation. These are on top of the five days of strike action already taken since 26 September This is a report from last week’s first two day stoppage by Declan Clune, Secretary of Southampton & South West Hampshire Trades Union Council and a NSSN supporter:- It was a ‘spooky’ affair outside Prysmian Cables this very cold morning with workers joining the picket line dressed appropriately for Halloween. One worker said jokingly, “We’re trying […]

NSSN 411: 30,000 march for Scottish teachers’ pay

October 30, 2018 in Bulletins

For the second successive week, we headline the NSSN bulletin with a mass mobilisation of Scottish workers. Last Saturday, 30,000 teachers and supporters marched in Glasgow as part of the pay campaign by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teaching union. The EIS demonstration took place just days after the incredible 8,000-strong Unison and GMB Equal Pay strike by women workers in Glasgow City Council. This statement is from the EIS website:- 30,000 marchers send clear message to government on teachers’ pay (29 Oct) An incredible 30,000 people, comprised of teachers from right across Scotland together with parents, children and […]