349: Support strikes, stop union attacks, celebrate victories!

July 26, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 349: Support the strikes, stop the union attacks, celebrate the victories! This week’s NSSN bulletin opens with some long-running disputes by Unite, PCS and RMT members. We also include another attack on the POA and a fight in Northern Ireland against an attack on NIPSA, including two of its prominent members. We appeal for solidarity for all these struggles. But to show that it’s possible to win significant victories, we include the successful legal action by PCS against the Government imposition of new inferior redundancy terms in the civil service and Unison’s defeat of their employment tribunal fees. Low […]

NSSN 348: Support PCS fight against DWP office closures

July 12, 2017 in Bulletins

The government is abandoning unemployed, sick and disabled people, and putting hundreds of jobs at risk, by confirming today the closure of almost one in 10 jobcentres. The news comes as we announce our members in Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield, one of the threatened sites, will strike again from 17 to 21 July following a week-long walkout in June. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced just six of the original 78 jobcentres earmarked for closure will remain open, and only 11 of the 80 planned to co-locate with local authorities have been given a reprieve – and […]

NSSN 345: Organise to get the Tories Out

June 14, 2017 in Bulletins

  The ‘Strong and Stable’ Conservative Government of Theresa May is hanging by a thread! The incredible response to Jeremy Corbyn’s General Election campaign showed once and for all that workers and their families are furious after 7 years of Tory austerity and a lost decade where our incomes have been cut by a fifth. But while the Tories may be wounded, weak and more divided, they’re not out yet. How can we get rid of them? We have to mobilise the workers and the young people who were inspired to vote for Corbyn’s anti-austerity Labour manifesto – many because […]

NSSN 338: Celebrate International Workers Memorial Day and May Day

April 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

  Unions and their members will be taking part in events from Friday to Monday and next weekend to celebrate two major events in the workers’ calendar. International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) is this Friday April 28th, and we call on our supporters and affiliates to attend any events in their area as well as May Day protests, rallies and demonstrations which will be taking place over this and next weekend To find IWMD events in your area see TUC website or follow #IWMD17 on twitter Some May Day events are listed below and those in the London, Southern, South […]

NSSN 337: Support the fight for pensions at BMW, AWE, Fujitsu & Royal Mail!

April 19, 2017 in Bulletins

This week sees another dispute flaring into action over employers closing final salary/defined benefits pension schemes as BMW car workers start five weeks of strike action at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall near Birmingham and Goodwood. Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment will have taken 16 days of strikes after voting by 80% in a re-ballot to continue and escalate the action with 8 further days of action into May. The long-running Fujitsu dispute  is also about pension cuts in addition to redundancies. Recently, Tata steelworkers reluctantly voted to accept the closure of their scheme because of the threat of plant […]

NSSN 336: London NHS workers walk off the job to win!

April 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  Too many in the union movement are pointing to the new Tory Trade Union Act with its undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds to argue that action is now virtually impossible. But it’s clear from the events of last week at the Royal London Hospital, that workers are ready to defend their rights. That was the unmistakable message from the 160 domestic staff who walked off the floor at the hospital which is part of Barts NHS Trust, on 6 April. Their new employer, the privateer vulture contractor Serco, thought it could set the tone for workplace relations by withdrawing […]

NSSN 335: Support 8-day Unite Bromley library strike as ASLEF drivers reject Southern Rail offer again!

April 4, 2017 in Bulletins

  Unite members working in Bromley libraries began the first of 8 days of strike action last Saturday. The long running dispute is in defence of the library service from privatisation. The campaign has already seen off the privateers from Carillion and a proposal to replace permanent staff with volunteers. Now Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) are thought to be the last realistic bidders for the contract – although the Council ludicrously claims that commercial confidentiality means that they cannot disclose the remaining bidders!! GLL claim to be a social enterprise yet act like the worst of private companies, employing three […]

NSSN 334: Join the PCS PayDay protests this Friday

March 28, 2017 in Bulletins

The PCS is organising protests around the country this Friday March 31st on the last payday before the new financial year begins. “The payday protests, which are happening ahead of the publication of the Treasury’s pay guidance for 2017, are your chance to drive home our message that our pay has been eroded for far too long and it’s time to drop the 1% cap and negotiate increases in our pay. Our payday protests will send a powerful message to government that we need and deserve a decent pay rise and will back up our national pay claim to the […]

NSSN 326: PCS fights Govt attack on DWP job centres and offices

February 1, 2017 in Bulletins

From Katrine Williams – PCS DWP Group Vice President & NSSN Vice-Chair As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in DWP offices and more job centres to share sites in local authority premises to deliver 30% saving on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate. At the beginning of December 2016, there was an announcement of the closure of half the jobcentres in Glasgow. This was met by immediate anger and opposition from PCS members, politicians and […]

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 […]