NSSN 348: Support PCS fight against DWP office closures

July 12, 2017 in Bulletins

The government is abandoning unemployed, sick and disabled people, and putting hundreds of jobs at risk, by confirming today the closure of almost one in 10 jobcentres. The news comes as we announce our members in Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield, one of the threatened sites, will strike again from 17 to 21 July following a week-long walkout in June. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced just six of the original 78 jobcentres earmarked for closure will remain open, and only 11 of the 80 planned to co-locate with local authorities have been given a reprieve – and […]

347: Support the strikes at Barts NHS Trust, Mixed Fleet and Mears

July 4, 2017 in Bulletins

  As unions start to discuss what action can be taken against this weak and divided Tory Government, three important disputes either start this week or move up a gear. Today, the day before the NHS turns 69, workers at Barts Trust in London employed by Serco started action with huge picket lines and a buoyant protest. Manchester maintenance workers have escalated their dispute to all out action. And Mixed Fleet cabin crew in British Airways have resumed their action after management refused to lift sanctions on striking workers. The NSSN supports all these disputes and have been on the […]

NSSN 345: Organise to get the Tories Out

June 14, 2017 in Bulletins

  The ‘Strong and Stable’ Conservative Government of Theresa May is hanging by a thread! The incredible response to Jeremy Corbyn’s General Election campaign showed once and for all that workers and their families are furious after 7 years of Tory austerity and a lost decade where our incomes have been cut by a fifth. But while the Tories may be wounded, weak and more divided, they’re not out yet. How can we get rid of them? We have to mobilise the workers and the young people who were inspired to vote for Corbyn’s anti-austerity Labour manifesto – many because […]

NSSN 344: Tories Out! Corbyn In! Vote against austerity

June 6, 2017 in Bulletins

  This week’s NSSN bulletin comes out just days before one of the most crucial general elections for generations. The National Shop Stewards Network is primarily a rank and file network for trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners and we are not affiliated to any political party. But in this election, there is a clear choice. Jeremy Corbyn is standing on a programme that if elected to be Prime Minister, would be a massive blow against 7 years of Tory austerity and attacks on jobs and living standards. It is estimated that on average workers’ incomes could be lower in 2021 […]

NSSN 341: CWU members walk out to force Royal Mail back!

May 16, 2017 in Bulletins

Royal Mail workers in the Communication Workers Union (CWU) union, part of the Eastern 6 Branch, won a tremendous victory last week in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, despite the new Tory trade Union Act. A CWU member sent in the following report:- “Royal Mail had suspended two representatives for allegedly claiming unauthorised overtime. CWU members took unofficial industrial action across 9 Royal Mail offices on Monday. CWU general secretary, Dave Ward, tweeted “Offices across MK/LU postcode have walked out this morning in support of @CWUnews reps under attack. Solidarity and full support #TheCWU”. In the face of the militant action shown […]

NSSN 338: Celebrate International Workers Memorial Day and May Day

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Unions and their members will be taking part in events from Friday to Monday and next weekend to celebrate two major events in the workers’ calendar. International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) is this Friday April 28th, and we call on our supporters and affiliates to attend any events in their area as well as May Day protests, rallies and demonstrations which will be taking place over this and next weekend To find IWMD events in your area see TUC website or follow #IWMD17 on twitter Some May Day events are listed below and those in the London, Southern, South […]

NSSN 336: London NHS workers walk off the job to win!

April 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  Too many in the union movement are pointing to the new Tory Trade Union Act with its undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds to argue that action is now virtually impossible. But it’s clear from the events of last week at the Royal London Hospital, that workers are ready to defend their rights. That was the unmistakable message from the 160 domestic staff who walked off the floor at the hospital which is part of Barts NHS Trust, on 6 April. Their new employer, the privateer vulture contractor Serco, thought it could set the tone for workplace relations by withdrawing […]

NSSN 333: Teaching Assistants still fighting in Derby and Durham!

March 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  This week we give an update on the two longstanding struggles of teaching assistants in Derby and Durham against pay cuts of up to 25%, shamefully in both cases by Labour councils. After an incredible dispute that has lasted 10 months and had recently seen strike action go indefinite, Derby City Council has put a new offer on the table, which will now be voted on by the 1,200 Unison members. In Durham, a similarly heroic and resilient campaign of over 12 months, forced the council before Christmas to suspend notices to sack and re-engage 2,700 staff in Unison […]

NSSN 329: Rail unions unity needed to stop DOO at Southern Rail

February 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN salutes members of ASLEF who voted to reject Southern Rail’s offer to end their dispute. We call on the union to join with the RMT, who disgracefully were excluded from talks brokered by the TUC, to plan co-ordinated action to stop management’s Driver Only Operation (DOO) plans. The starting point for this is a commitment not to have separate talks with the company. It is therefore a concern that there are reports that ASLEF and Southern Rail are meeting for secret talks today. We don’t believe that this is the message of the ASLEF ballot last week. […]

NSSN 326: PCS fights Govt attack on DWP job centres and offices

February 1, 2017 in Bulletins

From Katrine Williams – PCS DWP Group Vice President & NSSN Vice-Chair As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in DWP offices and more job centres to share sites in local authority premises to deliver 30% saving on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate. At the beginning of December 2016, there was an announcement of the closure of half the jobcentres in Glasgow. This was met by immediate anger and opposition from PCS members, politicians and […]