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 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 […]

NSSN 314: November 5 Libraries, Museums & Galleries demo

November 2, 2016 in Bulletins

It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. It is supported by PCS, Unite and Unison. Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. But since 2010, austerity policies meant that we have lost: 8,000 paid and trained library workers; 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and One in five regional museums at least partially closed. We’ve also seen: Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut; Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed; An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation; […]

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 […]

NSSN 312: Support RMT Southern Rail strike!

October 18, 2016 in Bulletins

The NSSN calls on all our supporters and affiliates to support the Southern Rail workers on strike again this week Tuesday-Thursday. Please send messages of support and donations to the RMT – info@rmt.org.uk RMT Unity House 39 Chalton Street London NW1 1JD Southern strike “absolutely solid” again this morning despite company lies and dirty tricks (18 October) RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action by guards on Southern Rail in the dispute over safety and access remains absolutely solid this morning despite a vicious campaign of company lies and dirty tricks. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Despite a […]

NSSN 311: Butterfields tenants victory shows Housing Act can be defeated!

October 12, 2016 in Bulletins

The NSSN is delighted to hail the fantastic victory of the Butterfields tenants in East London. This will give huge confidence to working-class people generally and especially the fight against the new Tory Housing Act. NSSN national secretary Linda Taaffe, who is also secretary of Waltham Forest Trade Union Council, has played a leading role in the campaign:- “On Saturday we got the fantastic news that all 49 flats with tenants in them are being bought by Dolphin Living Trust. This means that tenants on the estate will be able to stay in their homes and court procedures will be […]