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 410: Glasgow Women March and Strike for Equal Pay

October 24, 2018 in Bulletins

  This week, we headline our bulletin with the strike on October 22-23 by 8,000 workers in Unison and the GMB in Glasgow City Council. The NSSN gives our full support and solidarity to the workers and their unions. This is the Unison statement:- Thousands of Glasgow’s women march for equal pay (23 October 2018) Thousands of Glasgow’s women took to the streets today (Tuesday) to demand Glasgow City Council resolve the long-standing pay injustice. Around 10,000 home carers, cleaners, caterers, school workers and other council staff marched together to George Square to demand equal pay. This is the first […]

408: Glasgow council workers to strike for equal pay justice

October 10, 2018 in Bulletins

  Statement from Glasgow Unison Branch:- Glasgow Equal Pay – Why we are striking. You will be aware that Glasgow school support for learning staff, child development officers, school administration workers, home carers, cleaners, caterers and other council workers are being called out on strike on 23/24 October in a dispute over the council’s failure to reach agreement on a long standing equal pay dispute. GMB members will also be taking strike action at these times. Around 8,000 trade union members will be called out on strike. This dispute is about the council’s failure to make any real progress on […]

NSSN 406: Workers strike back against NHS privatisation

September 25, 2018 in Bulletins

  Unite members in the NHS in both Kent and Yorkshire are striking this week over being transferred into wholly owned subsidiaries. This is despite this practice of privatisation supposedly being ‘paused’. Health workers have won victories in Mid Yorkshire, Esk & Wear Valley and Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trusts and Unison members have now won a ballot to strike in Bolton. The NSSN calls for support and solidarity to all these workers and their unions and supports the demand to end the transfers and all privatisation in the NHS and the bringing back to the NHS of all […]

404: NSSN TUC Rally – general election to ‘Get Tories Out!’

September 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network rally last Sunday September 9th before the start of TUC Congress was a tremendous event with over 200 trade union activists attending alongside congress delegates. TUC was held in Manchester to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first congress in 1868 and the NSSN rally took place in the venue of that first conference, the Mechanics Institute. Leaders from fighting unions spoke alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. The clear message from speakers was that we need to fight for a general election to get […]

403: Come to NSSN Rally at TUC in Manchester

September 5, 2018 in Bulletins

  In the year of the 150th anniversary of the TUC, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is again organising a rally before the start of TUC Congress: ‘Fight Together to Get the Tories Out!’ It will be from 1pm on Sunday September 9th in the Manchester Mechanics Institute/Conference Centre, Princess Street, M1 6DD. Leaders from fighting unions will be speaking alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. Confirmed speakers so far: RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, USDAW President Amy Murphy (personal capacity), POA Deputy General Secretary […]

NSSN 402: RMT DOO strike & UCU pay ballot

August 30, 2018 in Bulletins

  The RMT is well into its third year of fighting Driver Only Operation (DOO). It has been forced to step up action on Northern Rail and South West Railway with strikes over the last few weeks with more called over the next month. The NSSN was initiated by the RMT and their late great general secretary Bob Crow. We are proud to stand shoulder with them, and their members. RMT confirms action goes ahead on Northern Rail in fight over guards and rail safety as company refuses serious talks (24) – RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action […]

400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

NSSN 399: Support the striking Birmingham home care workers

August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Birmingham Council Unison members, who are stepping up their action. This report is from a Birmingham NSSN supporter:- Birmingham home care workers are starting 14 days of discontinuous strike action on 9 August in protest at the Labour council’s attempts to create a completely part-time workforce which would mean that many workers would be unable to pay household bills. If the workers don’t accept either 14, 21 or 22.75 hours contracts they will be made compulsorily redundant. Senior Unison steward Mandy Buckley initially drew up alternative rotas for the staff but senior management refused them because in Mandy’s […]