NSSN 506: Support RMT strike for safety on Caledonian Sleeper

October 13, 2020 in Bulletins

Second 48 hour strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper rock solid this evening (Oct 11) as RMT members fight for safe working conditions. RAIL UNION RMT said today that the second of two scheduled 48 hour strikes on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper is rock solid again this evening with pickets out in force at key locations as RMT members fight for safe working conditions‎. The action started at 1730 hours. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members are standing firm again in their strike action on the Caledonian Sleeper this evening but it remains a scandal that SERCO have wasted a […]

505: Celebrate Black History Month – support workers’ struggles

October 6, 2020 in Bulletins

  This week’s NSSN bulletin highlights this year’s Black History Month (BHM), which takes place every October. Black and Asian workers have played a vital role in the labour and trade union movement – from the Bristol Bus Boycott in the 1960s to Grunwicks in the 1970s to the strikes that are taking place every week. We cover them all in our weekly bulletin and this week to mention just two – the industrial action ballots of Unite Hackney drivers and escorts of disabled children and the UVW care workers, cleaners and maintenance workers SAGE nursing home in North London. […]

NSSN 504: Stop jobs slaughter as Tories end Job Retention Scheme

September 29, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN pre-TUC Rally on September 13th, called on the TUC Congress to organise a day of demonstrations and protests in every town and city on Saturday October 24th to demand the furlough Job Retention Scheme, scheduled to end a week later, was continued and upgraded – we say ‘work or full pay!’ The Tory Government have now said that it will be replaced by a lesser and more targeted Job Support Scheme. Tory Chancellor Sunak admits that this will mean many workers face losing their jobs. Union activists will have therefore been even more shocked that when he announced […]

NSSN 503: Support the strikes!

September 22, 2020 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin shines the spotlight on the increasing number of union disputes as bosses attack jobs and pay, terms & conditions. An increasing number are using brutal ‘fire and re-hire’ methods. These actions include the indefinite strike by PCS members at Tate continues, which will next week go over 40 days. Leigh and Wigan rehab workers in Unison have started a further 10 days of strike action this week as will GMB members in Brighton & Hove Council from next Monday. The Debenhams workers in Ireland are now well over 150 days of action in their fight for […]

NSSN 500th weekly bulletin: Still fighting union-busting!

September 2, 2020 in Bulletins

NSSN 500th weekly bulletin: Still fighting union-busting! Come to NSSN TUC Rally 1pm Sunday Sept 13 This week’s weekly NSSN bulletin is our 500th. It shows that we have a proud longstanding history of supporting unions taking action, going back to 2006 when the RMT rail and transport union, under the leadership of the late great Bob Crow, initiated the Network. During that time, we have built up the reputation of our weekly bulletin as a place for rank and file union members and reps to appeal for solidarity for their disputes and support other workers in struggle. But another […]

NSSN 498: Victory! Student protests force Tory A-Levels U-turn

August 18, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN salutes the students whose protests around the country have forced the Tory government to retreat. They were rightly furious that through no fault of their own because of the pandemic, many had their A Level results downgraded, threatening their futures. The system that was being used appeared to be to the disadvantage of students from working-class backgrounds.   If necessary, university places must be found for all those who need them. But this crisis has lifted the lid on how unfair and class-ridden education is. The NSSN has always fought against tuition fees and demands that they are […]

497: PCS consultative ballot of jobcentre and UC workers

August 11, 2020 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin on PCS’s consultative industrial action ballot that will begin on August 17th. We send our full support to PCS and its members and reps in DWP. We also send our solidarity to PCS members on Merseyside, outsourced cleaners working for ISS in HMRC who are on a month-long strike as well as striking staff at Tate Commerce as well as workers at the Southbank Centre in London who are also holding a consultative ballot on redundancy pay. PCS consultative ballot of jobcentre and Universal Credit workers From PCS website (7 Aug): The government’s plans […]

NSSN 491: Organise for the fight of our lives – NSSN Conference

June 30, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN Conference as always, is a vital forum for trade unionists to come together to discuss our experiences during these crisis-ridden times and forge a strategy that protects our safety in the workplace and defends our jobs and income. It’s never been more important for trade union members and reps to come together to discuss the strategy we need to fight for a future that secures our safety, jobs, income and pensions. The economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is showing on a daily basis that fighting union organisation is a necessity for workers. Come and take […]

NSSN 490: Zoom in to NSSN Conference on Saturday July 4th

June 23, 2020 in Bulletins

  This year’s NSSN conference is a virtual event on the Zoom platform because of restrictions due to COVID-19 The agenda will be in next week’s NSSN bulletin but it will begin with a main session at 11am, followed by a number of workshops The link to join the Zoom meeting is – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85386731306?pwd=azRmZXExTGJJZXpMMXV3NDUvUFhwdz09 Facebook event Email info@shopstewards.net to register in advance   The COVID-19 pandemic has seen workers in the UK realise the importance of the unions. Even before lockdown, an annual net increase in membership of 91,000 was reported, which while appearing modest, is a reversal of the […]

488: Postponed NSSN-Tamil Solidarity Zoom meeting this Saturday

June 9, 2020 in Bulletins

Tamil Solidarity and the National Shop Stewards Network have reluctantly decided to postpone our public Zoom meeting, which was due to take place this coming Saturday June 13th. We have come to this decision because a number of further Black Lives Matter anti-racism demonstrations have been called on Saturday against the killing of George Floyd in the US and we want to encourage as many people as possible to attend them One of the main themes of our proposed meeting was to highlight the vital role that trade unions can play in uniting workers from all backgrounds to oppose racism […]