NSSN 379: UCU lecturers strike back on pensions and pay!

February 27, 2018 in Bulletins

  UCU The National Shop Stewards Network is fully backing University and College Union (UCU) members in 61 universities who are taking strike action to defend their USS pension rights. This Wednesday they will be joined by UCU members at 15 colleges in Further Education, starting action on pay. All this action shows the potential for co-ordinated strikes across the public sector on pay and any attacks on pension rights. Sam Morecroft, one of our supporters in UCU from Sheffield has written this report: “‘University chiefs split as strikes cause chaos!’ read the front page of last Friday’s Times front […]

NSSN 377: Support the strikes & protests in #HeartUnions week

February 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  For the 3rd year, the TUC and the unions are using #HeartUnions week to highlight the role that unions can play. Supporters of the NSSN will be taking part in activities around the country, especially on two of the major themes – public sector pay and assisting the BFAWU in organising low-paid workers in McDonalds.   But we also appeal to all our supporters and affiliates to use this week to give support and solidarity to those workers currently taking industrial action. As usual, the NSSN bulletin contains information about many of the disputes taking place around the country. […]

NSSN 376: Feb 3rd NHS demos – “Prepare for battle!”

February 7, 2018 in Bulletins

  National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) supporters took part in protests around the country last Saturday on the day of action called by Health Campaigns Together (which we are affiliated to) and the People’s Assembly. Tens of thousands took to the streets, including on the emergency London demonstration, to send a message to the Tories that we want the privatisers out of the NHS and more beds and staff in. In last week’s bulletin, we showed an interview with a nurse Jacqui Berry, who is also a Unison NEC member and on the NSSN steering committee about the crisis in […]

NSSN 374: UCU vote to strike for 14 days to defend pensions

January 23, 2018 in Bulletins

  University pensions strike update: Universities to be hit with 14 strike days if USS row not resolved – from UCU website (22 Jan): Universities face initial 14 days of escalating strike action if a row over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is not resolved. Sixty-one universities would be hit with a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action by UCU members expected to start on Thursday 22 February. Other action would include union members working strictly to their contract, which would see them refusing to cover classes or reschedule classes lost on strike days as […]

NSSN 372: BFAWU McDonalds victory plus Feb3 NHS demo

January 8, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends solidarity and congratulations to one of our affiliated unions the Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) and their members in McDonalds, who have won a famous victory. We supported their historic strike in Crayford and Cambridge on September 4th, the first in the company in the UK and the NSSN has been a longstanding part of the Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice campaign that was launched by the Bakers’ union. We believe that the action and the unionisation of often young workers into the union has been central to the award of the pay rise. […]

NSSN 370: Seasons Greetings – keep fighting back in 2018!!

December 18, 2017 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our greetings and thanks to all our supporters and affiliates in our last weekly bulletin of the year. 2017 was a year of struggle. We’ve seen waves of strike action, too numerous to mention them all. As you will read in this bulletin, this wave continues into the holiday period. These have often been by low-paid workers to defend their living standards as prices rises and pay caps see the biggest drop in workers’ real incomes since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century. We saw the ‘B-strikes’ in the […]

367: Budget: scrap pay cap & Birmingham bins victory!

November 28, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 367: After the Budget: fight together to scrap the pay cap plus Birmingham binworkers victory! The Budget shows that left to their own devices, the Tories are looking to maintain the public sector cap that has devastated workers’ living standards. The independent think-tank Resolution Foundation calculates that pay won’t reach 2008 levels until the mid-2020s – half a decade longer than previously estimated. However, this is a weak, divided and crisis-ridden government that must be confronted and can be defeated. The NSSN has saluted the decisive result of the PCS consultative pay ballot and now we welcome the vote […]

NSSN 366: BiFab – Scottish workers’ action secures breakthrough

November 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  Workers at the three threatened Burntisland Fabrication – BiFab – yards have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured, at least until April 2018. Their decisive action over the last week, and those of the GMB and Unite trade unions, has delivered this important breakthrough. Watch the Scottish TUC’s video of the workers’ protest outside the Scottish Parliament. From an article by NSSN supporters in Scotland:- On 12th November, the company said it had no money to pay wages and was giving notice that it intended to enter administration. The threat to 1400 workers who […]

362: PCS strikes against DWP closures & RMT DOO strikes

October 26, 2017 in Bulletins

In this week’s bulletin, we headline with the continued action by PCS members against office closures in the Department for Work and Pensions. Also, for the 3rd time, Southern Rail management have put a divisive offer to train drivers in the dispute against Driver Only Operation (DOO). We call on ASLEF members to again reject this offer and open the way to joint action with the RMT, who have now called strikes against DOO in five train operators.   PCS Now PCS members at Plymouth Old Tree Court benefit centre have voted to strike on 6 November in protest at the plans […]

361: Support the CWU & come to NSSN Solidarity Forum

October 18, 2017 in Bulletins

  In last week’s NSSN bulletin, we headlined the strike that was due to take place from tomorrow by CWU members in Royal Mail. Disgracefully, a High Court judge has granted an injunction to management, forcing the union to postpone the strike for seven weeks to take part in external moderation. This is despite the CWU smashing the undemocratic voting thresholds in the new Tory Trade Union Act – the first national test of this anti-union law. This ruling has exposed the true meaning of the Tory’s intentions – to attempt to block the right of workers to take industrial […]