NSSN 462: Stop Boris Johnson’s new Tory anti-union laws!

November 27, 2019 in Bulletins

The Tories have revealed their General Election manifesto and despite Boris Johnson’s populism, it serves the interests of Big Business. This is shown particularly with the planned introduction of even more Tory anti-union laws, on the back of that of Thatcher, Major and Cameron. They say, “We will require that a minimum service operates during transport strikes. Rail workers deserve a fair deal, but it is not fair to let the trade unions undermine the livelihoods of others.” This is a scabs charter. Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “Banning strikes is the hallmark of the right-wing junta, not a […]

NSSN 461: Support the 8-day UCU HE pay and pension strike

November 21, 2019 in Bulletins

In this week’s NSSN bulletin, we headline with the 8-day strike by members of the UCU union in higher education. The NSSN gives our full support and solidarity. We remember the incredible 14-day action taken by over 40,000 academic staff at 64 universities to defend their pension from attack by the employers. UCU members are striking again UCU: UCU announces eight days of strikes starting this month at 60 universities – Sixty UK universities will be hit with eight days of strike action from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December, UCU announced today (November 5). Last week UCU members […]

NSSN 460: Solidarity with the CWU – defend the right to strike!

November 13, 2019 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin comes out just after the High Court judgement that has ruled against the CWU and its members in Royal Mail. The NSSN gives our total support and solidarity to the CWU and the postal workers. The NSSN national chair Rob Williams said: “This is an absolute disgrace! The CWU smashed the undemocratic voting thresholds in the Tory anti-union laws – 97% yes vote on a 76% turnout. Yet an establishment judge declares it void, so that an official strike couldn’t take place in the run-up to Christmas, the busiest time of the year for Royal Mail […]

459: Tories out – support Corbyn’s pro-worker programme!

November 5, 2019 in Bulletins

  Finally, the general election has been called – for December 12th. As our supporters know, we have been campaigning for the TUC and the unions to mobilise for this – in order to get rid of the Tories. It was the main theme of both our annual conference in July and TUC Rally in September. As with the one two years ago, there is a clear choice in this election. The NSSN is an organisation of rank and file trade unionists. We aren’t affiliated to any political party but Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-workers policies that include the following would be […]

NSSN 457: PCS wins again in BEIS!

October 22, 2019 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends congratulations to PCS and its outsourced members in BEIS who have won another victory. Weeks ago, it was workers in Aramark and now those working for ISS have won. We echo PCS’s call for all outsourced workers to be brought back in-house. PCS: ISS staff win London Living Wage at BEIS after months of indefinite strike action (21 Oct) – ISS staff working at BEIS have won “gold standard” terms and conditions, including the London Living Wage after 3 months of indefinite strike action. PCS members employed by outsourcing contractor ISS at BEIS have won the […]

NSSN 455: Victories at Harland & Wolff, Hull and BEIS

October 7, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our congratulations and solidarity to workers in three important disputes who last week secured welcome victories as a result of taking action. After 9 weeks of occupation, shipyard workers in Unite and GMB at Harland & Wolff in Belfast have seen a new owner take over the business. At the same time, construction workers at the wood chip processing plant at Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull walked out for a week against the blacklisting of GMB and Unite shop stewards. We also salute the win by catering workers, working for Aramark at BEIS who have finally won […]

NSSN 453: Support the September 20th Climate Strikes

September 17, 2019 in Bulletins

  The NSSN is supporting this Friday’s Earth Strike against climate change. We are calling on unions to support action that many school and college students will be taking around the country (protest details here). We echo the call by education unions that students should not be disciplined for protesting. Last week’s TUC Congress voted to support the call, made initially by UCU for trade unionists to take part in 30 minute protests on the day. We made this issue a major part of our rally at the TUC Congress on September 8th, alongside fighting for a general election and supporting […]

452: NSSN TUC Rally says: “general election to get Tories out!”

September 12, 2019 in Bulletins

  For the 10th successive year, hundreds of TUC Congress delegates, union members and anti-cuts campaigners along with climate change activists attended the National Shop Stewards Network rally in Brighton before the start of TUC Congress. The main issue was the need for a general election to replace Boris Johnson’s Tory government with one led by Jeremy Corbyn and the policies for workers’ rights that he outlined in his speech at the TUC. The main speakers were Dave Ward CWU General Secretary, Howard Beckett Unite Assistant General Secretary, Amy Murphy USDAW President, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Mick Cash RMT […]

451: NSSN TUC Rally Sunday Sept 8th – fight for general election

September 3, 2019 in Bulletins

  From Rob Williams NSSN Chair:- “TUC Congress really is taking place at a critical time. The day after it starts, Boris Johnson’s intended suspension of Parliament begins. This undemocratic manoeuvre is clearly to limit time to debate an alternative to a no-deal Brexit. The labour and trade union movement must put its stamp on these crucial events, otherwise we risk whole sections of workers being won over to this Tory false prophet. For the 10th year, the National Shop Stewards Network is holding a rally at TUC Congress. We will be calling on the TUC and the unions to […]

450: CWU Royal Mail strike ballot & Unison Bradford NHS victory

August 28, 2019 in Bulletins

  This week’s NSSN bulletin starts with the news that the CWU, one of our oldest affiliated unions, has launched a national strike ballot in Royal Mail. The NSSN will give them our full support and solidarity. The CWU General Secretary Dave Ward will be speaking at the NSSN TUC Rally in Brighton on Sunday September 8th. This is from Gary Clark, secretary of CWU Scotland No.2 branch who was at the union’s national reps meeting last week:- “Over the last 2 days, the CWU have held briefings around the national situation. These where held firstly with the Parcelforce reps […]