NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected

March 14, 2018 in Bulletins

NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected The UCU USS pensions dispute in the pre-1992 universities continue as the employer’s proposals were yesterday rejected after a meeting of the union’s Higher Education Committee (HEC) and a national reps meeting. In an incredible show of strength by rank and file lecturers, thousands were mobilised around the country in emergency branch meetings – many virtually unanimously. Hundreds of UCU members, perhaps up to a thousand across the day, converged on UCU HQ to lobby the HEC and reps meeting. Lecturers believe that their 14 days of strike action, […]

NSSN 380: Celebrate International Women’s Day – organise to fightback!

March 6, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN headlines this week’s bulletin by marking and celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th. We have articles by two of our supporters who have a proud record of trade union struggle. Tessa Warrington was until recently a PCS rep and Keishia Taylor is a member of UCU and is currently on strike against the employers’ attacks on the USS pension scheme. For IWD events go to the TUC website or follow #IWD2018 #IWD18 #IWD on twitter “The #MeToo movement has revealed the endemic nature of sexual harassment in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. It has given […]

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 378: Lecturers start pensions strike as Mears workers win!

February 20, 2018 in Bulletins

  In this week’s bulletin, we highlight the national strike by the UCU lecturers’’ union that begins this week to defend their pensions. We also salute the Mears workers in Manchester who have won a victory after an incredible campaign of action.   UCU Over 1 million students will be affected by university pensions strikes (20 Feb) – A month of strikes due to hit 64 universities* will begin on Thursday (22 February) after the universities’ representatives refused to return to negotiations with the University and College Union (UCU). The union says the action will affect over 1 million students […]

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 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 371: RMT starts 2018 with DOO strikes in 5 train companies

January 2, 2018 in Bulletins

  From the RMT website:- RMT announces strike action in New Year in separate disputes over the attack on the role of the guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation. RAIL UNION RMT today (December 20) confirmed strike action in January in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. Members on Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia, South Western Railways and Island Line have been instructed to take action as follows: Not to book on for any […]

NSSN 369: Fight together for a FULL pay rise!

December 12, 2017 in Bulletins

Last Tuesday, council workers and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received a 2-year pay offer from the local government employers with the main headline of a 2% rise for each year. The local government unions will now consider this offer, which falls far short of their 5% pay claim. As Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Continuing government cuts to local government have seen real term pay cuts of up to 21 per cent for some of the lowest paid public servants in the country.” There is also huge concern that this offer appears to be […]

365: Support Mears workers – 49 more strike days!

November 15, 2017 in Bulletins

  Unite Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as Mears strike action resumes (from Unite website 13 Nov) – A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. The survey which was undertaken by the members’ union Unite is being made public today (November 13) to coincide with the workers’ resuming industrial action in a long-running dispute. Levels of mental ill health were found to be very high with 37 […]