NSSN 325: NSSN public meeting this Thursday – “Nationalise Tata to guarantee jobs & pensions”

January 24, 2017 in Bulletins

  Last April, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) called a protest in Port Talbot as fears grew about the future of its steelworks. Its owner Tata was looking to break up and sell off much of its UK operations. Over 200 local people demonstrated behind our slogan ‘Nationalise Tata to save the steelworks, jobs and communities.’ It is a welcome fact that almost 10 months ago later, the works remain standing and operating. Whatever the true intention of Tata, it has proved politically impossible to close it, for now at least. Now the workforce has been given the extremely […]

Come to the NSSN’s 10th Annual Conference – July 2nd

April 20, 2016 in Appeals

Unions are under threat. It’s no accident that the Tories announced their (anti) Trade Union Bill at the same time as they roll out yet more cuts. They fully understand that the unions, with 6 million members, can be a major obstacle to another austerity wave and the fight is on. Junior Doctors are striking and teachers are balloting against forced academies while steelworkers are increasingly calling for Tata to be nationalised. 10th annual National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference – Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – 11am-4.30pm. Conference fee is £6 […]

287: Build pressure to #NationaliseTata – keep furnaces firing!’

April 6, 2016 in Bulletins

15,000 steel jobs are on the line but the call to nationalise Tata is growing and the pressure on Cameron is building! Over the last few days, politicians of all parties in Cardiff and London are moving their positions but we have to keep the heat on them. Last Saturday, hundreds came on a ‘Nationalise Tata’ protest and demonstration in Port Talbot called by the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) and next Wednesday April 13, the NSSN is hosting a public meeting in the town. On Monday April 4th, NSSN national chair Rob Williams spoke at a lobby of the […]

NSSN 286: Save jobs & communities – #Nationalise Tata steel plants!

March 30, 2016 in Appeals, Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our support and solidarity to the thousands of steelworkers, their families and the steel unions who are trying to come to terms with the news that Tata is looking to sell off its UK steel business. This means that what should be a fundamental foundation of the economy and the jobs and communities that go with it are under real threat. We organised a solidarity meeting in Port Talbot last month when Tata announced that nearly 20% of the 4,000 direct jobs in the works were to go. We called for the UK plants […]

NSSN 276: No closures – nationalise to #SaveOurSteel

January 20, 2016 in Bulletins

The crisis in the UK Steel Industry is continuing with another 1050 jobs threatened at Tata, with 750 to go at the biggest plant Port Talbot. Just today (Jan 20) Sheffield Forgemasters have announced 100 workers will be made redundant. The NSSN gives full support to the workers in the industry and their unions. We support the call that many steelworkers are making – why can’t they be bailed out like the bankers who caused the economic crisis were in 2008? If Northern Rock and Lloyds TSB could be taken into public ownership, why can’t Port Talbot steelworks or any […]

Public meeting: Stop the closure of Port Talbot steelworks

January 20, 2016 in News, Press Releases

The NSSN will hold a public solidarity meeting for steel works in Port Talbot threatened with job losses and closures.: The meeting will begin at 7.30pm Wednesday February 10 in lounge of Grand Hotel Port Talbot (opposite train station) Confirmed speakers include Rob Williams NSSN national chair & ex-Swansea Visteon (Ford) union convenor. Nationalise to #SaveOurSteel

NSSN 268: Reinstate #CWU2 Clive Walder & John Vasey!

November 11, 2015 in Bulletins

Clive Walder, a long-standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union. Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave […]

NSSN 266: TUC #KillTheBill lobby of Parliament Nov 2

October 28, 2015 in Bulletins

The TUC lobby of Parliament on November 2nd has to mark a major step change in the fight against the Tory (anti) Trade Union Bill. It seems that its 3rd reading could be as quick as November 1oth. That date must be in the diary of every trade union member for a mass demonstration in London. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has been to the forefront of the ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign. We brought hundreds of union activists and reps to lobby TUC Congress in Brighton in September. That conference passed resolutions calling for a mass campaign against the Bill […]

NSSN 265: Nationalise to stop the jobs slaughter!

October 21, 2015 in Bulletins

The last week has seen a devastating series of closures and large-scale redundancies particularly in the steel industry from SSI, Tata and Caparo but also Crown Packaging in Wales while JCB workers are bracing themselves for an announcement on job losses. The NSSN calls on the unions involved to bring together shop stewards in all the affected companies to discuss a national strategy of action including industrial action, occupations alongside the demand of nationalising to stop the jobs slaughter. As workers ask what can be done, a JCB worker has sent us this article that calls for these vital industrial […]

NSSN 245: Victories show that action works!

June 3, 2015 in Bulletins

It’s just a month since the Tories won the general election and already workers are demonstrating how they can be stopped in their tracks! In the last week alone:- Education unions in Lewisham were due to take another two days of strike action this week against academisation but the plans have been deferred. Kone workers were going to continue their weekly Monday strikes against management’s attempts to use a tracking system as a disciplinary tool. But they too have won a victory. For the second time, the threat of national strike action by Network Rail workers has forced the bosses […]