NSSN 325: NSSN public meeting this Thursday – “Nationalise Tata to guarantee jobs & pensions”

January 24, 2017 in Bulletins

  Last April, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) called a protest in Port Talbot as fears grew about the future of its steelworks. Its owner Tata was looking to break up and sell off much of its UK operations. Over 200 local people demonstrated behind our slogan ‘Nationalise Tata to save the steelworks, jobs and communities.’ It is a welcome fact that almost 10 months ago later, the works remain standing and operating. Whatever the true intention of Tata, it has proved politically impossible to close it, for now at least. Now the workforce has been given the extremely […]

NSSN 324: Trade Union Act to come into force on March 1st – TUC call a special conference

January 18, 2017 in Bulletins

  The Tories have confirmed that their anti-union laws, incorporated in the Trade Union Act, including new undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds will come into force on March 1st. The NSSN calls on the TUC to implement the policy passed at last September’s TUC Congress which was moved by the RMT which includes: “Congress believes the General Council needs to convene an urgent conference of affiliates to provide a practical forum, including workshops, as to how to best coordinate our legal and industrial response to the Act in line with policy already set by Congress.” and an amendment from the […]

322: Come on national “It’s Our NHS” demo in London March 4

January 3, 2017 in Bulletins

  As 2017 opens, the crisis in the NHS continues. The Health Campaigns Together grassroots campaign has called a national demonstration in London on Saturday March 4th https://www.facebook.com/events/1771664639725061/ Unions such as Unite and PCS have responded positively to an appeal from Health Campaigns Together to health unions, local and national campaigns seeking support for the march. Other unions are due to discuss it. The letter, signed by Mike Forster of Hands off HRI campaign in Huddersfield and Dr Louise Irvine of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign states: “The NHS crisis will intensify this winter and there will be no let-up […]

321: NSSN proud to give full support to Xmas strikes

December 20, 2016 in Bulletins

In preparation for the strikes this week, the NSSN has been attacked by the media from the BBC to the Sunday Times and Daily Mail. We stand accused of calling for co-ordinated strike action and for the Tory government to be brought down. We have nothing to apologise for. The NSSN has a proud record of calling for the maximum joint action by the unions in face of the most brutal austerity for 90 years. We campaigned for the 2million-strong N30 public pensions strike in 2011 and lobbied TUC Congress in 2012 and 2013 to support motions voicing the need […]

NSSN 320: Southern Rail & Derby TAs strikes and #Sheff4Ten demo

December 13, 2016 in Bulletins

Southern Rail strikes Today, members of train drivers’ union ASLEF have started strike action on Southern Rail. This comes after weeks of action by RMT members. ASLEF successfully defeated management’s attempts to yet again undemocratically scupper their strike through court action. The NSSN sends solidarity and support to both unions and we call on our members to support the following days of strikes:- 00:01 Tuesday 13 December to 23:59 Wednesday 14 December (Aslef and RMT drivers’ strike) 00:01 Friday 16 December to 23:59: Friday 16 December (Aslef and RMT drivers’ strike) 00:01 Monday 19 December to 23:59 Tuesday 20 December (RMT […]

NSSN 319: Support Glasgow Unison ICT workers – stop privatisation!

December 6, 2016 in Bulletins

Glasgow City Council’s ruling Labour Group is proposing that the council’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provision is privatised to a Canadian based global corporation. Members of Glasgow Unions in ICT have been taking strike action to stop this. Please support the workers and pass this model motion in any trade union meetings that take place this week:-   Glasgow Labour council are attempting to recruit a scab temporary workforce to cover for striking ICT Unison members during their action against privatisation. This declaration of all-out war and goes against every principle of trade unionism. The leaders of Glasgow City […]

NSSN 318: Crossrail walkout – the Sparks are back!

November 30, 2016 in Bulletins

Watch video interview on Facebook   and Twitter Hundreds of electricians walked off construction sites on the massive Crossrail job in London last Friday demanding that management adhere to the Joint Industry Board (JIB) agreement on the payment of a 2nd tier productivity bonus . They protested outside Crossrail’s head office, in the belly of the beast of capitalism itself, Canary Wharf. They then went en masse to the Oxford Street office of one of the major contractors Laing O’Rourke/Crown House near the Tottenham Court site. Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network brought our solidarity to the workers and suggested […]

NSSN 317: Solidarity with striking Durham Teaching Assistants!

November 23, 2016 in Bulletins

Support the Durham Teaching Assistants from Unison and ATL who are on strike again today and tomorrow to stop wage cuts of 23%. Watch this video by Reel News and subscribe and donate to this video activist collective that publicises workers’ struggles Unison: Schools to close as Durham teaching assistants take second two-day strike action Donate to the Durham TAs’ fund here Durham TAs Facebook page here Donate to Derby hardship fund here Derby Unison branch Facebook page here   Crossrail day of action – Friday November 25th. Meet 7.30am Crossrail HQ 25, Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQ. […]

NSSN 316: Support POA! March against education cuts!

November 15, 2016 in Bulletins

At 4am this morning (15 Nov), the NEC of the POA Prison Officers union called on its members to take protest action against health and safety concerns due in large part to the savage cuts in staff numbers. Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) today have today visited prisons to show our solidarity with the POA (one of our nine affiliated unions) and their members. At Wormwood Scrubs in West London, NSSN national chair Rob Williams spoke to POA members saluting their action, “You have been given letters from the Governor saying that the POA is calling illegal […]

NSSN 315: Durham teaching assistants strike back!

November 8, 2016 in Bulletins

Teaching assistants in Durham in Unison and ATL have started their first 48-hour strike today to prevent pay cuts of up to 23%. TAs in Derby have recently been taking strike action against similar cuts to pay. This is an excerpt from the blog Lions of Durham – “This is not action we are taking lightly but we have been forced into it by the Council’s refusal to discuss an alternative to imposing 23% pay cuts for working the same hours or 10% pay cut for working an ADDITIONAL 175.5 hours a year (many TAs are unable to work the […]