361: Support the CWU & come to NSSN Solidarity Forum

October 18, 2017 in Bulletins

  In last week’s NSSN bulletin, we headlined the strike that was due to take place from tomorrow by CWU members in Royal Mail. Disgracefully, a High Court judge has granted an injunction to management, forcing the union to postpone the strike for seven weeks to take part in external moderation. This is despite the CWU smashing the undemocratic voting thresholds in the new Tory Trade Union Act – the first national test of this anti-union law. This ruling has exposed the true meaning of the Tory’s intentions – to attempt to block the right of workers to take industrial […]

NSSN 359 Postal workers’ Yes vote, rail, and tube action, NSSN solidarity forum

October 3, 2017 in Bulletins

The full version of this week’s NSSN e-bulletin no.359 can be viewed here -this week’s highlights include news, protests, solidarity campaigns against victimisation, strikes and industrial action ballots involving BFAWU, Unite, RMT, ASLEF, PCS, Unison, GMB, CWU, NUJ, BECTU, FBU, BALPA, NEU, NIPSA, UVW and IWGB as well as international reports plus much more   CWU – Record ‘yes’ vote and threshold-smashing turnout With a resounding 89% yes vote on a 74% turnout, postal workers have sent a message to Royal Mail that they are no longer prepared to take attacks on pensions, pay, working hours and job security. As […]

Sign petition & support growing resistance of metalworkers in Turkey

May 25, 2015 in Appeals

Dear Friend,   I am writing to ask you to sign the petition below and support the growing resistance of the metal workers in Turkey.   The resistance which started with Renault workers and spread across TOFAS, Coşkunöz, Mako and Valeo workers has now encouraged Ototrim factory workers and Ford Otosan workers in Bursa and Kocaeli to take action as well. The participation of 15,000 metal workers has strengthened the resistance. After just one week the resistance continues to grow with more workers joining ranks and taking industrial action.   The metal workers’ demands: 1 – Assurance that that no […]

Brazilian water worker sacked: urgent solidarity needed

March 17, 2015 in Appeals, International

The NSSN has just received this request for urgent solidarity:   BRAZIL – Urgent solidarity protests needed.   Faced with lack of water for people, Sabesp cuts costs, sacks more than 500 workers and victimises trade union activists.   NO TO REDUNDANCIES AND VICTIMISATION AT SABESP!   For the immediate re-employment of Marzeni Pereira and all sacked workers! Sack Alckmin not the workers’!   The management of Sabesp (the massive Sao Paulo water and waste disposal company) and Sao Paulo state governor, Geraldo Alckmin on Monday 16th March formally announced the sacking of  workers including comrade Marzeni Pereira (in attached […]

From Italy: solidarity to London bus workers!

January 14, 2015 in International

We workers in local public transport and from the National Coordinating Committee of Local Public Transport Workers would like to express our full solidarity with your struggle. In Italy we are experiencing the same problems.  Our national contract has not been renewed for years, our wages have stagnated and governments of all political persuasion carry out policies of cuts and privatisation at the expense of workers. In September some of us participated in a video conference with a Greek transport worker who explained to us how public transport in Athens is being dismantled. We believe that international solidarity between workers […]

FBU strike solidarity & financial appeal

October 29, 2014 in Appeals

Stop the government attacks on firefighters FBU appeal for solidarity   Dear sisters and brothers,   Members of the Fire Brigades Union are requesting your solidarity as our pensions campaign takes a new turn. The FBU Executive Council has called a four-day strike in England starting on Friday 31 October at 18:00 and continuing until the same time on Tuesday 4 November.   We have been forced to take this step because the government has started the process to lay the regulations for the new firefighters’ pension scheme, to commence in April 2015. You will know from your own battles […]

5,000 Iranian iron workers strike

August 29, 2014 in International

More than 5,000 Iranian mine workers went on strike on August 19 in central province of Yazd demanding the release of two workers who had been arrested by the State Security Forces. The two workers of Bafq Iron Ore mine were arrested at the request of the mine’s management. The arrested miners, Amir Hossein Kargaran and Ali Sabri are reportedly accused of organizing a 40-day strike which started on May 18 in protest of the privatization of the mine. The forces had planned to arrest 16 other workers who also had been involved in a 40 day strike in May. […]

Soma miners solidarity appeal. Letter of protest to Turkish government

May 15, 2014 in Appeals, International

Dear Friend, I am writing to ask for your support for the coal miners who recently lost their lives in Soma, Turkey. I urge you to read this email and send the attached statement to Turkish Government Officials stated at the bottom of this email. At least 245 coal miners have lost their lives in the western town of Soma, Turkey, after an explosion caused a pit to collapse. Dozens of miners have injured, 4 of which are in critical condition. Hundreds are still trapped underground, 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance. Soma Kömürleri AŞ privately owns the mine. The explosion occurred during […]

INTERVIEW: Portuguese posties fight privatization

December 3, 2013 in International, News, Protest, Strikes

João Isqueiro is member of Executive of SNTCT – The Portuguese Postal and Telecommunication Workers National Union spoke to Francisco Raposo on behalf of the NSSN Francisco Raposo – Postal workers from CTT – Portuguese public company of postal services – are involved in a struggle process for a long time now. Can you describe the key issues of your struggle? João Isqueiro – In response to the first question, postal workers’ struggle takes on two equally important dimensions: one concerning all citizens, which assumes the defence of the public postal service and another one concerning the workers in particular, defending the […]

Belgium March over closure of Fords

November 12, 2012 in International, Reports, Strikes

On Sunday 11 November, more than 15,000 people attended a demonstration organised by the Belgian trade unions for jobs and against the closure of the Ford car factory in Genk. The plant closure would mean the slashing of 4,000 jobs (without even counting the subcontractors). The announcement of the closure comes as November was a record month for the number of bankruptcies in Belgium, while layoffs and restructuring plans are hitting workers across the country. We need a united fight-back, with a fighting plan of action: we are lost if we all fight isolated from each other. Let us oppose […]