NSSN 266: TUC #KillTheBill lobby of Parliament Nov 2

October 28, 2015 in Bulletins

The TUC lobby of Parliament on November 2nd has to mark a major step change in the fight against the Tory (anti) Trade Union Bill. It seems that its 3rd reading could be as quick as November 1oth. That date must be in the diary of every trade union member for a mass demonstration in London. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has been to the forefront of the ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign. We brought hundreds of union activists and reps to lobby TUC Congress in Brighton in September. That conference passed resolutions calling for a mass campaign against the Bill […]

NSSN 253: Lobby TUC Congress Sept 13, fight Tory anti-union laws

July 29, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 253: Mark Serwotka PCS, Mick Cash RMT , Matt Wrack FBU, Ronnie Draper BFAWU, Dave Ward CWU and Steve Gillan POA to speak at NSSN lobby of TUC Congress Sept 13 – fight Tory anti-union laws The NSSN are pleased to announce that General Secretaries Mark Serwotka PCS, Mick Cash RMT , Matt Wrack FBU, Ronnie Draper BFAWU, Dave Ward CWU and Steve Gillan POA will be speaking at our #KillTheBill rally at this year’s TUC Congress in Brighton. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and […]

NSSN 231: Firefighters take over Westminster after Tory pension lies

February 26, 2015 in Bulletins

It was like Paris or Rome rather than London. Thousands of FBU members converged on Westminster for a strike rally on February 24th as firefighters in England went on a 24-hour strike in their continuing action over pensions. The Methodist Central Hall was packed to the rafters and overflowing, with many locked out to hear the union’s general secretary Matt Wrack warn Cameron and his Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt that action will continue if the guarantee that she gave in Parliament before Christmas that firefighters that fail fitness tests won’t be forced out of the service on reduced pensions isn’t […]

NSSN 223: Season’s greetings – the year that was 2014

December 17, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s time to say goodbye to 2014. It was the year the trade union movement had to tragically say farewell to a genuine giant, Bob Crow. The NSSN salutes his memory and those of many other fallen comrades who have left us this year. The year started with Bob’s union, the RMT standing up to the Tory bully Boris Johnson by stopping London in defence of Tube ticket offices. How apt that 2015 could start with thousands of London busworkers striking for one rate of pay across the different bus operators. We’ve seen many disputes from the heroic marathon struggle […]

208 – Come to NSSN rally at TUC:All out together October 14!

September 3, 2014 in Bulletins

The 2014 NSSN conference agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at the TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. This year’s TUC Conference meets as public sector unions contemplate mass joint strike action on October 14th against the government’s continuing pay freeze. In reality, workers’ living standards are down by an average of 8% since the economic crisis struck in 2008, with young workers losing 15%! No wonder record numbers are using […]

205 – Care UK: “We’re Yorkshire folk, we’ll never surrender.”

August 13, 2014 in Appeals, Bulletins

“We’re Yorkshire folk, we’re like a dog with a bone. We won’t give up, we’ll never surrender.” This is how Doncaster Care UK shop steward Roger Hutt expressed the sheer working-class determination of the fifty-odd Unison members at the strikers’ meeting held last night at the end of the latest two weeks strike action. Having now taken 48 days of strike action in their battle against 35% cuts in terms and conditions as a result of the privatisation of the Supported Living Service for Adults with Learning Difficulties, these former NHS staff voted unanimously to take another three weeks strike […]

NSSN 204 – All out together on October 14!

August 6, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s official – the pay strike will continue into the autumn. The first serious step has been taken towards building the strike coalition that saw over 1 million public sector workers take action together on July 10th. Council workers from Unison, Unite and the GMB have agreed that October 14th will be the next strike day in the pay dispute. Importantly, Unison will be balloting members in academy schools during September so they can join the strike. September also sees Scottish local government workers being balloted for industrial action over pay likely to commence with a one-day strike, which of […]

NSSN 200: J10 pay strike shows our power!

July 11, 2014 in Bulletins

Public sector workers in nine different unions were out on strike in force yesterday – in a magnificent show of strength to demand an end to the pay freeze. Local government workers in Unison, Unite and GMB; civil servants in the PCS and Nipsa, teachers in the NUT, fire-fighters in the FBU, and sections of London transport workers in RMT and TSSA: uniting in action to tell the government that they can’t tolerate any further driving down of living standards. Speaking at the London rally PCS General Secretary called for further coordination of the pay strikes. Warning that unions must […]

IN PICTURES: NSSN Conference 2014

July 8, 2014 in News

The 5th July 2014 saw a packed 8th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference, held at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, London. Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers union, the BFAWU, described the conference on Twitter as, “the biggest shop stewards gathering of the year”. As the photos will show, the NSSN conference brought together a diverse number of activists from the rank and file and leadership of Britain’s fighting unions

NSSN 199: Come to NSSN14 this Saturday, build mass July10 strike

July 2, 2014 in Bulletins

The line-up for the July 10 strike is now complete. The FBU has today announced that fire-fighters defending their hard won pension rights will be walking out on the same day as up to 1½ million council and school workers, teachers, civil servants and others who are resisting the continuing public sector pay freeze. Workers from Unison, PCS, Unite, GMB, NUT, FBU and NIPSA will be on strike together. Transport for London workers as well as power control operators on London Underground will also be out on strike that day, meaning that RMT and TSSA can be added to the […]