NSSN 446: Support NIPSA civil servants’ July 26 pay strike

July 16, 2019 in Bulletins

  This week, the NSSN headline our bulletin with the impending civil service strike by the biggest union in Northern Ireland NIPSA (Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance). You can follow news about the action on the union’s website This statement is from Carmel Gates –  NIPSA Deputy General Secretary:- “Up to 20,000 civil servants across Northern Ireland are set to strike on Friday 26th July.   NIPSA achieved a magnificent 68.5% YES vote in favour of strike action which was particularly significant because we were forced to ballot within a 3 week window before the summer leave season. The strike has been […]

NSSN 434: #WeStandWithLyra

April 25, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN stands in solidarity with the family, friends, workmates and comrades of Lyra McKee and her union the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Lyra was killed while reporting on rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on April 18th. Our supporters took part in vigils and remembrances in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK yesterday on the day of her funeral as well as protests, including by many trade unionists, in the last week. In a statement Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said the murder has shocked colleagues in Northern Ireland and expressed sympathy to her partner and colleagues […]

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 […]

NSSN 356: Watch VIDEO of NSSN TUC Rally

September 14, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 356: Watch VIDEO of NSSN TUC Rally – march & strike together for a pay rise! Last Sunday, up to 300 union activists, including TUC Congress delegates crammed into the National Shop Stewards Network Rally in Brighton, chaired by Janice Godrich PCS National President. They listened to Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and leaders of fighting unions as well as some of the main reps of the summer strike wave. So alongside Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey stood Unite strikers from the Birmingham Bins, BA Mixed Fleet and Barts NHS Trust disputes as well as the London Bus safety […]

349: Support strikes, stop union attacks, celebrate victories!

July 26, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 349: Support the strikes, stop the union attacks, celebrate the victories! This week’s NSSN bulletin opens with some long-running disputes by Unite, PCS and RMT members. We also include another attack on the POA and a fight in Northern Ireland against an attack on NIPSA, including two of its prominent members. We appeal for solidarity for all these struggles. But to show that it’s possible to win significant victories, we include the successful legal action by PCS against the Government imposition of new inferior redundancy terms in the civil service and Unison’s defeat of their employment tribunal fees. Low […]

NSSN 296: Support BFAWU Pennine workers

June 8, 2016 in Bulletins

‘Organise to take on the Tories! Link up the strikes!’ – This year’s annual NSSN conference – our 10th – will be on Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – 11am-4.30pm details here   Facebook event Confirmed speakers: Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Janice Godrich PCS President, Chris Baugh PCS Assistant General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President Yannis Gourtsoyannis BMA junior doctors committee national executive To register in advance – email info@shopstewards.net. Conference fee is £6 each – you can pay on the day […]

234: ConDems raise minimum wage by 20p! Fight for £10Now April 15 global day of action!

March 18, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 234: ConDems raise minimum wage by 20p! Fight for £10/hr on April 15 #globalfastfood rights day of action! On April 15th, the National Shop Stewards Network will be taking part in the global day of action for fast-food workers. We are proud to be part of the ‘Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice’ campaign of the BFAWU bakers’ union along with John McDonnell MP, Youth Fight for Jobs, Unite the Resistance, Disabled People Against Cuts and others. The main themes of the UK protests will be: for a £10/hr minimum wage, scarp zero-hour contracts and join a union. On Budget […]

NSSN 233: Solidarity to Northern Ireland March 13 strike!

March 11, 2015 in Bulletins

This Friday March 13th, tens of thousands of public sector workers will be taking joint strike action in Northern Ireland. NIPSA, Unite, Unison, GMB and teachers’ union INTO will also be on strike. With transport workers on buses and trains also involved, it will have the feel of a 24 hour general strike. The NSSN sends our full support and solidarity to these workers and their unions. We call on trade unionists to send solidarity messages on social media with the hashtag #M13   NIPSA President Padraig Mulholland (in a personal capacity) says, “On Friday 13 March health, education, the […]

228: National Gallery strike, stop privatisation & union victimisation!

February 4, 2015 in Bulletins

From PCS website (3 Feb): Pickets braved the London snow on the first morning of our five-day strike over privatisation at the National Gallery. The well-supported action followed news yesterday that one of our senior reps there, and a member of our team in the talks at Acas, had been suspended by senior managers. In a “disproportionate act of unfathomable bad faith” the gallery suspended Candy Udwin, alleging a breach of commercial confidentiality. We maintain our reps have a legitimate right to ask officials to raise these questions on what is a matter of strong public interest. We are asking […]

227: Northern Ireland workers ballot for joint March 13th strike

January 28, 2015 in Bulletins

From the website of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance trade union (NIPSA):- Dispute over Pay and/or Staffing Cuts – Industrial Action Ballot (23 January) You will be aware from previous circulars that the NIPSA Civil Service Group Executive Committee recommended that members employed in the NI Civil Service and related NDPBs, including Cross Border Bodies and the NI Assembly should participate in a campaign of opposition to the unfair 2014 imposed pay settlement and the thousands of staffing cuts that arise out of the 2015/16 NI Draft Budget and that this campaign would include industrial action, including strike action, […]