NSSN 441: Stop the closure of Ford Bridgend

June 7, 2019 in Bulletins

This week, we headline our bulletin with the horrendous news that Ford intend to close the Bridgend engine Plant. This would mean that over 1700 workers in the plant and many others in the supply chain and related industries are directly affected. But in addition, working-class communities in South Wales will be affected. The NSSN gives our full support and solidarity to the Ford workers and their unions. NSSN chair Rob Williams, a former convenor at the now closed Swansea plant said, “This is a catastrophe for these workers, their families and communities and the whole Welsh economy. It comes […]

NSSN 440: RMT SWR strike back on over guard guarantee

June 5, 2019 in Bulletins

  RMT announces five days of strike action on SWR (30 May) – RAIL UNION RMT today announced five days of strike action on South Western Railway – accusing the company of dragging their heels in protracted talks over the guard guarantee after the union suspended action back in February in good faith based on written assurances over the rolling out of driver only operation. As a result of SWR’s failure to move forwards on an agreement RMT members will take action as follows: We instruct our SWR Guard, Commercial Guard and Driver members to take industrial action by not […]

439: Support the South London Unite strikes in Woolwich & Bromley

May 29, 2019 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with two Unite disputes in South London. Woolwich Ferry workers are in the middle of 10 days of strikes while library staff in Bromley will be going on infinite strike action from June 6th. Please give your solidarity and send messages of support and any financial assistance via Unite regional officer Onay Kasab Onay.Kasab@unitetheunion.org Woolwich Ferry staff strike for 10 days in Groundhog Day safety dispute, says Unite – Workers, who operate the Woolwich Ferry used by an estimated 2.6 million passengers a year, are to strike for 10 days in a dispute over […]

435: Southampton teachers & support staff defeat school cuts

May 2, 2019 in Bulletins

Teachers and support staff at Valentine Primary School, members of the National Education Union (NEU), are celebrating an important victory following strike action. Union members reached an agreement with Southampton’s Labour-run city council for a two-year freeze on cuts. This report is from local NSSN supporters who have been prominent in giving solidarity to striking teachers and support staff alongside campaigning and parents. “A united campaign of school staff, the NEU, the head teacher, the senior leadership team, governors and parents, stood solidly together over months of organising. We fought to ensure the damaging cutbacks were not inflicted through staff […]

NSSN 434: #WeStandWithLyra

April 25, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN stands in solidarity with the family, friends, workmates and comrades of Lyra McKee and her union the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Lyra was killed while reporting on rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on April 18th. Our supporters took part in vigils and remembrances in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK yesterday on the day of her funeral as well as protests, including by many trade unionists, in the last week. In a statement Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said the murder has shocked colleagues in Northern Ireland and expressed sympathy to her partner and colleagues […]

NSSN 429: PCS launches national pay strike ballot

March 19, 2019 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s bulletin with PCS’s national industrial action ballot on pay, which opened yesterday. PCS is one of our longstanding affiliated unions and we give them and their members our full support and solidarity. The NSSN vice-chair Katrine Williams is a member of the PCS NEC:- “To challenge the Government’s pay restraint it is vital that we break through the 50% threshold in our current PCS ballot of 125,000 mainly Government Department members. So that we can demand the full funding for a 10% pay rise that is needed to increase pay to decent levels in the civil […]

NSSN 424: Birmingham binworkers get ready to strike again

February 5, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends solidarity to the binworkers who were on strike in 2017 and are being forced to take action again. From the Unite website:- Birmingham bins dispute escalates as council ignores deadline for peace deal (4 Feb) Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has announced that over 300 refuse workers employed by Birmingham council will begin two days of strike action a week, starting Tuesday 19 February, in an escalation of the ongoing industrial dispute. The two days a week of strike action, will be in addition to the overtime ban and the work to rule which the […]

NSSN 418: Seasons greetings – support the Xmas strikes!

December 18, 2018 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends season’s greetings to our supporters and affiliates. Every week we publicise disputes and build support and solidarity for them. This year, there are a number of strikes and actions taking place in the run-up to and during the holidays. Please read through our bulletin to find out more about them and if they are in your area, try and get along to give your support. See you in 2019, when hopefully we can finally get rid of the Tories!   Saturday 12th January – Britain is Broken – General Election Now! Demonstration in London hosted […]

NSSN 416: Striking Grimethorpe dinner ladies save their jobs

December 4, 2018 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin by sending congratulations to school meals supervisors in Yorkshire  From Unison website: Members return to work as redundancy plans dropped after 36 days of strike action. Dinner ladies at Ladywood school in Grimethorpe return to work today, having seen off a bid to make them all redundant. The school meals supervisors in the historic mining village just outside Barnsley, South Yorkshire, had taken 36 days of strike, beginning in September. UNISON reached an agreement with the school management to address the deficit in the school’s budget without any redundancies, due to expected natural staff […]

415: Cammell Laird workers start 10 weeks of industrial action

November 27, 2018 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin by sending solidarity to workers in Unite and the GMB unions fighting job cuts at Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside. From the Unite website: Cammell Laird workers in 10 weeks of industrial action over ‘callous’ job cuts (22 Nov) Workers at Birkenhead’s Cammell Laird shipyard will begin a 10 week programme of industrial action tomorrow (Friday 23 November) in defence of their jobs, amid plans to slash the workforce by 40 per cent. Around 250 members of Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, Unite, will start their action with an overtime ban from 16:00 […]