NSSN 482: Make this May Day a red flag day for workers’ safety

April 28, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN believes that the message of May Day as the international day of workers’ struggle is emphasised more than ever this year, during the coronavirus pandemic. As the government and big business look to lift the lockdown, it is vital that the labour and trade union movement draws on the history of May Day of collective workers’ struggle as the most powerful means of ensuring that our workplaces are safe places of work. That is why we are supporting the call by a number of trade unionists that we make May 1st this Friday a ‘red flag day’, where […]

NSSN 480: Clap for workers’ safety and rights this Thursday

April 15, 2020 in Bulletins

  NSSN supporters will be taking part as usual in the weekly #ClapForOurCarers at 8pm this Thursday to salute all those emergency and key workers caring and providing essential services for us at this time during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s clear from the many reports, including in our weekly bulletins, that workers’ anger and frustration is increasing on a whole range of issues that affect our health and safety as well as jobs and income. This has been brought home by the tragic deaths of frontline workers, including in the NHS and care sector and public transport. As […]

478: Workers organise & fight bosses’ attacks during Coronavirus

March 31, 2020 in Bulletins

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues, workers are fighting to defend their health & safety, their employment and income. Reports are coming through to us of action, mostly unofficial, that workers are taking. We will publish this in our weekly website and social media platforms. This includes our new Facebook group: NSSN – defend workers’ rights under Coronavirus, which as it is private, workers may understandably feel more comfortable to post there. We’ve also made a brief video from NSSN Chair Rob Williams to give an update on how workers are organising during the current crisis. Join the weekly #ClapForOurCarers […]

477: Join NSSN forum to defend workers’ rights under Covid-19

March 24, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN is opening up our weekly email bulletin, website and social media platforms of Facebook and twitter to provide a public forum for workers during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. We want to be a place where we can all share queries and experiences that workers are facing in their workplaces. These include reports of action taken by workers to defend themselves from their employers. Join our new Facebook group: NSSN – defend workers’ rights under Coronavirus You can also send the NSSN your reports and queries via our website, twitter – @NSSN_AntiCuts and email – info@shopstewards.net We welcome the information […]

NSSN 475: Protest against the Tories on Budget Day

March 10, 2020 in Bulletins

Budget Day events March 11th  This coming Wednesday, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver Boris Johnson’s Tory budget. Such is the crises affecting the government, up until a few weeks ago, they weren’t certain if the budget would go ahead on March 11th after Sajid Javid’s resignation. This is an opportunity to protest against continuing Tory austerity and their planned new anti-union laws, and continue building the campaign against them.  Join the PCS Budget Day Downing Street protest (5 Mar) – PCS members are urged to join general secretary Mark Serwotka at our Budget Day protest outside 10 Downing Street […]

NSSN 474: Workers shouldn’t pay the price for Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 in Bulletins

  The NSSN welcomes the information being sent to union members concerning the spread of coronavirus, including from the TUC, Unison, Prospect, Unite, RMT and the GMB. We believe that it is essential that workers are protected during this worrying period and are not impacted, whether in terms of their safety as well as their pay and employment rights. We have drafted this model motion. Feel free to use in your union and trades council, in totality or partially to highlight the issues that need to be addressed:-   This union organisation/conference notes with great concern the spread of coronavirus, […]

NSSN 471: Support the UCU HE strikes!

February 11, 2020 in Bulletins

UCU announces 14 strike days at 74 UK universities in February and March – Seventy-four UK universities will be hit with 14 days of strike action in February and March, UCU announced today. The action will start on Thursday 20 February and escalate each week, culminating with a week-long walkout from Monday 9 to Friday 13 March. The disputes centre on the sustainability of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and rising costs for members, and on universities’ failure to make significant improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads The full strike dates are: Week one – Thursday 20 & Friday 21 […]

NSSN 470: Victories show that workers can win!

February 4, 2020 in Bulletins

  We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the tremendous news of victories for workers taking action. Unite members in Bromley libraries have finally resolved their eight-month long dispute. They have been on indefinite strike action since November. Unite members also forced back attacks from management in Newham and Ealing. We send congratulations and solidarity to all these Unite members, as well as those outsourced workers at St Mary’s hospital in West London who are being taken back in-house after a three month dispute with the United Voices of the World union. These wins show what is possible when unions take […]

468: Support the CWU & the posties as union re-ballots in Royal Mail

January 21, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends solidarity to the CWU as they move to re-ballot members in Royal Mail. As readers of this bulletin will know, the union overwhelmingly smashed the undemocratic voting thresholds in the Tory anti-union laws in their national strike ballot last October – a 97% vote for action in on a 76% turnout. Scandalously however, one unelected High Court judge dismissed the ballot and the action, planned for during the general election and the busiest time of the year for the company. Now after attempts by the union to resolve the dispute, they feel no option but to again […]

NSSN 466: Donate to the RMT strike fund on SWR

January 7, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our New Year greetings to all our supporters and affiliates and commit ourselves to continue to support workers taking action and unions under attack. We are therefore proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the RMT, who along with the other rail and transport unions are being targeted by the Tories with even more anti-union legislation – effectively a ‘scab’s charter’. On December 19th, we stood with the RMT on Parliament Square in a rally against the laws proposed in that day’s Queens Speech. RMT general secretary Mick Cash warned Boris Johnson that this protest was the […]