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 […]

373: Carillion scandal shows why we need massive Feb 3 demo

January 16, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Carillion workers after the company went into administration. No worker should lose their job or pension because of mismanagement. Carillion like many others, have benefited from privatisation. But it’s the workers who have paid the price, such as the 200 outsourced employees at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, who took strike action in 2012 against job losses and pay cuts. We call for all Carillion’s outsourced workers to be taken back in-house in the public sector and employed directly. We also support the demand of Mick Cash, the general secretary of the transport […]

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 370: Seasons Greetings – keep fighting back in 2018!!

December 18, 2017 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our greetings and thanks to all our supporters and affiliates in our last weekly bulletin of the year. 2017 was a year of struggle. We’ve seen waves of strike action, too numerous to mention them all. As you will read in this bulletin, this wave continues into the holiday period. These have often been by low-paid workers to defend their living standards as prices rises and pay caps see the biggest drop in workers’ real incomes since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century. We saw the ‘B-strikes’ in the […]

368: Leicester NHS campaigners save children’s heart unit!

December 5, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN welcomes the victory of the Leicester Glenfield campaign, in which our supporters have played a key role:- ‘One of the main campaign organisers Steve Score said, “Celebrations were taking place in Leicester city centre on the 30th November following an outstanding victory for the campaign to save congenital heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital. A mood of relief and of jubilation spread from campaigners to people across the region. We hope this victory encourages campaigners across the country who are fighting to save the NHS. Congenital heart surgery at The Royal Brompton and Harefield trust in London, which had […]

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 […]

362: PCS strikes against DWP closures & RMT DOO strikes

October 26, 2017 in Bulletins

In this week’s bulletin, we headline with the continued action by PCS members against office closures in the Department for Work and Pensions. Also, for the 3rd time, Southern Rail management have put a divisive offer to train drivers in the dispute against Driver Only Operation (DOO). We call on ASLEF members to again reject this offer and open the way to joint action with the RMT, who have now called strikes against DOO in five train operators.   PCS Now PCS members at Plymouth Old Tree Court benefit centre have voted to strike on 6 November in protest at the plans […]

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 […]