London bus strike in video and pictures

January 13, 2015 in News, Strikes, Video

Bus workers in Unite in London are taking historic strike action today – for one rate for the job across all 18 companies. Strikers know this might have to be just the start and are ready for a big fight, but what a start! Picket lines of 70, 100 and more, maintained all day. And the roads – gridlock before dawn. London mayor Boris Johnson claims a third of the service is running but that’s complete rubbish – reports around the picket lines are that only 10% of the service is running, if that. Public support is really high – […]

NSSN 217: St Mungo’s victory/Defend Ricky Matthews

November 5, 2014 in Bulletins

STOP PRESS!! St Mungos Broadway – Strike Off! Following a day locked in talks at ACAS, the Unite SMB reps and Regional Officer, Nicky consider that they have received an offer from SMB management which is reasonable enough to be put to the membership. On this basis, the strike has been called off. – See more here from Unite LE1111 website (see more under Unite below in Union News) Follow @SMBUnite and @UniteHousing and #SMBstrike on twitter for latest info plus Unite LE1111 website http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/ Also follow NSSN twitter @NSSN_AntiCuts for photos of today’s victory rally   The decision of […]

Support London bus driver’s demo

September 3, 2014 in News

A London Bus driver Unite London bus drivers are having a demonstration on Thursday 11th September.  We will assemble at 1100 am at Bressenden Place, SW1, near Victoria station and we will march down to Parliament.  Since privatisation twenty years ago, London Buses have been divided up between more than a dozen different operating companies.  Even within each firm there are different pay scales, terms and conditions.  We all do the same job – why should we be treated differently? Transport for London and the bus operators have argued sector wide negotiation is not only anti-competitive but illegal.  So how […]

Ginger Jentzen from Seattle $15WON to speak at NSSN 2014!

June 11, 2014 in Bulletins

NSSN 196: Seattle $15WON campaigner speaks at NSSN Conference! The NSSN is delighted to announce that a Ginger Jentzen from the victorious $15Now campaign that has lifted the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Seattle will address the NSSN annual conference on July 5th. Undoubtedly, the election last year of Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative as city councillor played a crucial role in this victory alongside an incredible mass campaign. It is an inspiration to all low-paid workers all over the USA and internationally. The NSSN secretary Linda Taaffe attended the enthusiastic and vibrant 15NOW Conference in Seattle in […]

NSSN Conference July 5: “Fight Together for a Pay Rise!”

April 16, 2014 in Bulletins

Workers are saying “What recovery? We want our share!” Millions of public sector workers are having their pay again pegged to 1% when RPI inflation is nearly 3% and energy prices are up 9%! Average household income is already 6% below 2003 levels. NHS workers are not even getting this miserly rise and correctly health unions have attacked ‘divide and rule’ tactics. But the best way to avoid this is to seriously prepare for co-ordinated strike action across the public sector. Unison health conference yesterday passed an emergency motion mandating the union to ballot its members in the NHS for […]

NSSN 180 – Tube unions 1 Johnson 0

February 19, 2014 in Bulletins

A SOLID STRIKE by RMT AND TSSA has gained us a political and industrial victory over Boris Johnson. A partial retreat by our bosses from an intransigent position of refusing to withdraw their proposed cuts of a 1,000 jobs and closing virtually all ticket offices has been achieved. Action is suspended for eight weeks while all aspects of the proposals are discussed and implementation is put on hold as is the HR1 redundancy notice. This shows the power of effective industrial action. The action gained support from the public in London, many of whom congratulated us for resisting the cuts. […]

We will not tolerate low pay!

December 31, 2012 in Reports, Strikes

“We will not tolerate low pay in this day and age, nor being treated like second rate people. We clean your trains, your stations and your depots. We mop up all the nasty stuff that no one else wants to deal with. We clean up after four million people who use the London underground system so they can enjoy clean trains to use and clean stations to pass through.” So begins the leaflet given out by cleaners on London Underground on strike with the RMT on New Years Eve and New Years Day. Cleaners are employed by private companies Initial […]