NSSN cancels conference to support July 1st ‘Tories Out’ demonstration

June 15, 2017 in News

As our supporters and affiliates will know, this year’s conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (our 11th) is due to take place in London on Saturday July 1st. Hundreds of trade union and anti-cuts campaigners will be preparing to take part in discussions and debates about the crucial struggles and disputes facing working people. Of course, a prominent issue would be how we organise a mass movement to take on a weak and discredited Tory Government. The NSSN is not affiliated to any political party but we unapologetically campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-worker manifesto in the General Election and […]

NSSN 344: Tories Out! Corbyn In! Vote against austerity and for workers’ rights on June 8th!

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 313: Support NUJ Newsquest South London strike & Unite Crossrail campaign

October 25, 2016 in Bulletins

Support NUJ Newsquest South London strike NUJ members working for Newsquest in South London are out on strike again this week after voting to extend their strike by another 5 days. It is over a newsroom restructure that will result in 12 reporters covering news, sport and leisure across 11 newspapers and eight websites under a single content editor. Seven reporters have resigned over the plans. The striking journalists outside the company’s Sutton HQ told the NSSN, “We aren’t out here for more pay or better perks but because we have been cut to the extent that it’s impossible to do […]

201: NSSN rally at TUC Congress:‘Confirm the next pay strikes!’

July 16, 2014 in Bulletins

The tremendous #J10 public sector strike last Thursday has changed the mood music. All of a sudden it is the government desperately re-arranging the deck chairs on its Titanic with its latest re-shuffle. As the NSSN predicted, if the unions give workers a lead, they will respond. Not only that, the action was overwhelmingly popular as all those who have suffered from these cruel cuts were delighted to support someone standing up for them. This is particularly the case as Labour shamefully refused to support the strike. But it was clear on July 10 that workers realise that to win, […]

Ginger Jentzen from Seattle $15WON to speak at NSSN 2014!

June 11, 2014 in Bulletins

NSSN 196: Seattle $15WON campaigner speaks at NSSN Conference! The NSSN is delighted to announce that a Ginger Jentzen from the victorious $15Now campaign that has lifted the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Seattle will address the NSSN annual conference on July 5th. Undoubtedly, the election last year of Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative as city councillor played a crucial role in this victory alongside an incredible mass campaign. It is an inspiration to all low-paid workers all over the USA and internationally. The NSSN secretary Linda Taaffe attended the enthusiastic and vibrant 15NOW Conference in Seattle in […]

NSSN 185: Defend education – Solidarity with teachers’ strike

March 25, 2014 in Bulletins

The strike of National Union of Teachers (NUT) members on 26 March is most definitely on! Now every NUT Association and every school rep must go all out to get the biggest possible turnout for the national strike. We must reverse the damage that has been done to teachers’ pay, pensions and working conditions. In doing so, we will be defending education too. Even official DfE figures have confirmed that teachers are typically working 60 hours a week. In April, yet more will be taken from our salaries to pay for a pension that many won’t be able to claim […]

NSSN 181 – Glasgow care workers escalate action

February 26, 2014 in Bulletins

The Glasgow care workers strike action is growing stronger and more solid. After taking two 48-hour strikes in January the around 400 Unison members involved have now just completed a 72-hour strike over the Valentine’s weekend. If Social Work bosses and the Labour administration thought the resolve of the workers could be broken, they couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact the mood has hardened even further. At a mass meeting on Sunday 16th February workers unanimously voted to escalate their action and intend to take a further three 72-hour strikes starting on March 7th and then continues for the […]

NSSN 180 – Tube unions 1 Johnson 0

February 19, 2014 in Bulletins

A SOLID STRIKE by RMT AND TSSA has gained us a political and industrial victory over Boris Johnson. A partial retreat by our bosses from an intransigent position of refusing to withdraw their proposed cuts of a 1,000 jobs and closing virtually all ticket offices has been achieved. Action is suspended for eight weeks while all aspects of the proposals are discussed and implementation is put on hold as is the HR1 redundancy notice. This shows the power of effective industrial action. The action gained support from the public in London, many of whom congratulated us for resisting the cuts. […]

NSSN Southern Region Conference

December 11, 2013 in News

NSSN SOUTHERN REGION CONFERENCE hosted by UNITE Bracknell Building the Fightback against Austerity Speakers: Alex Gordon (RMT) Rob Williams (NSSN) Saturday 18th January  2014, 2pm to 5pm Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell. Dear Brother/Sister, If you are a rank and file trade unionist or anti-cuts campaigner you are cordially invited to our NSSN Southern Region conference. The NSSN was initiated in 2006 by the RMT and now has national support from, PCS, CWU, NUJ, NUM, POA  and BFAWU as well as many branches, trades councils, etc. Organising mutual solidarity when trade unions are in dispute is at the heart of our work. […]

NSSN 172: Enough is enough…no work ‘til we drop!

December 11, 2013 in Bulletins

Osborne’s Autumn Statement last Thursday, not only brought forward by ten years the new retirement age of first 68 and then 69 – it will be open-ended with it being regularly reviewed in line with life expectancy. This poses workers getting their state pensions into their 70s and because many occupational pensions use this age as a yardstick, workers will fear being forced to work until they drop for the full retirement benefits that they have worked and paid for. In one fell swoop, Osborne has kicked away one of the main planks of the pensions deal that unfortunately some […]