NSSN 295: Bakers Union strikes back in Yorkshire & Wales!

June 1, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 1st, the NSSN alongside other campaigning organisations, took part in a Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice protest alongside the BFAWU Bakers Union outside Downing Street. It was to protest at the Government’s new ‘Gimmick’ National Living Wage. The Tories tried to portray it as a real breakthrough for the low-paid but BFAWU President Ian Hodson attacked the hypocrisy of a ‘minimum wage’ that didn’t apply to workers under the age of 25. But he also warned that unscrupulous employers would try to make their workers pay for the rise by cutting shift allowances and other premiums. This week, […]

NSSN 293: Support the strikes!

May 18, 2016 in Bulletins

Two weeks after the Tory trade Union Bill became law, this week’s NSSN e-bulletin is full of reports and requests of solidarity from a whole number of disputes. PCS members in the National Museum Wales are continuing their all-out strike while their comrades in BIS start action against office closures and job cuts. BFAWU members in Sheffield and Unite housing workers in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are also taking strike action. RMT members on Southern Rail and Glasgow Unison janitors will both be striking and protesting. A number of POA branches have also been walking out over health […]

TU Bill passed but victories show how it can be defeated

May 9, 2016 in Bulletins

The Tory Trade Union Bill has completed its journey through the parliamentary process to become law. Disgracefully, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has not organised a single national demonstration against the bill. It’s one lobby of Parliament last November saw hundreds of union members refused access to the venue in Westminster because the TUC had only booked half the seats, such was their pessimism about how many would turn up! Fortunately, because the FBU had their fire engine outside, I was able to speak to what became an open-air rally. It was the only way the NSSN was going to […]

290: VIDEO PCS & FBU call for solidarity with Junior Doctors

April 27, 2016 in Bulletins

On April 26th in London, over 5,000 striking junior doctors and their supporters marched on the first day of their latest 2-day strike. The march was joint between the BMA and the NUT, who are balloting over forced academisation along with members of other supporting unions including PCS, FBU, RMT, Unite, Unison, NAPO, POA, GMB, TSSA and many others. The whole of the PCS National Executive (NEC) left their meeting to attend. The union’s General Secretary Mark Serwotka addressed the huge rally to announce that the NEC had passed a motion calling on the TUC General Council to organise a […]

NSSN 289: March with the Junior Doctors & Teachers!

April 20, 2016 in Bulletins

London demo April 26 to support the Junior Doctors The streets of London were crammed last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demo, with protesters calling for ‘Dodgy Dave’ and the rest of the Tories to go. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Junior Doctors in the BMA take their next 48-hour strike against Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of his new contract. Their heroic dispute is at a pivotal stage. At its recent conference, the NUT teachers’ union passed a motion to ballot for strike action against forced academisation and link up with the Junior Doctors. In London on the evening of the […]

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 282: Model motion to build support for Junior Doctors

March 2, 2016 in Bulletins

BMA Junior Doctors dispute – next Wednesday March 9th, Junior Doctors will start the first of three more 48-hour strikes after the Tories announced their plan to impose the new contract latest update. The planned dates of industrial action are: 9 – 11 March: Emergency care only between 8am on Wednesday 9 March and 8am on Friday 11 March (48 hours) 6 – 8 April: Emergency care only between 8am on Wednesday 6 April and 8am on Friday 8 April (48 hours) 26 – 28 April: Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday 26 April and 8am on Thursday 28 […]

NSSN 204 – All out together on October 14!

August 6, 2014 in Bulletins

It’s official – the pay strike will continue into the autumn. The first serious step has been taken towards building the strike coalition that saw over 1 million public sector workers take action together on July 10th. Council workers from Unison, Unite and the GMB have agreed that October 14th will be the next strike day in the pay dispute. Importantly, Unison will be balloting members in academy schools during September so they can join the strike. September also sees Scottish local government workers being balloted for industrial action over pay likely to commence with a one-day strike, which of […]

NSSN 203 – FBU Gaza statement

July 30, 2014 in Bulletins

The vast majority of trade unionists are outraged by the events in Gaza over the last few weeks and many have attended the protests and demonstrations that have taken place. In this week’s NSSN e-bulletin, we re-produce the FBU’s statement on Gaza.   The Fire Brigades Union deplores the horrific attacks on Gaza and calls for an immediate, negotiated and total ceasefire. The union sends our support, solidarity and sympathy to all those affected by the conflict, including the families of the victims. In particular, the FBU applauds the tremendous work done by firefighters helping the victims of atrocities, and […]

Justice for Doncaster Eddie Stobart/Tesco drivers

July 29, 2014 in Appeals

From Unite the union: In July 2012 Tesco transferred 184 drivers to Eddie Stobarts at their distribution centre in Doncaster. Less than six months later 184 drivers were out of work. The drivers’ union, Unite, has continued to support the drivers including pursuing legal action for unfair dismissal and insufficient consultation. As part of the legal process we have seen documents which show that Tesco and Stobarts were in discussions regarding the redundancies well in advance of the transfer. Our members didn’t stand a chance. We are here today to demonstrate that Unite members will not lie down and let Tesco […]