413: Teaching unions start indicative ballot on pay & funding

November 13, 2018 in Bulletins

This week, we headline with the consultative ballot by teaching unions. This is from the NEU:- Hands up because enough is enough! Recently, we set the Government six tests for school funding before the Chancellor’s autumn Budget. This was the Government’s opportunity to change course and properly fund the schools our children deserve. Instead, the Government has failed children once again. Our schools are at a breaking point and asking them to use their funds to meet a proportion of the latest teacher’s pay award is the final straw. A one-off payment for ‘little extras’ will do nothing to address […]

NSSN 388: BFAWU members strike back at McDonalds

May 2, 2018 in Bulletins

  NSSN supporters actively supported yesterday’s strike by BFAWU members in McDonald’s restaurants in Manchester, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford. The day started with a midnight walkout in Manchester and ended as workers from all four areas converged on Watford, where there were stoppages at two of the town’s sites. The strike rally heard from the strikers themselves and BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, National President Ian Hodson as well as a number of supporters including Labour MP and former McDonald’s worker Laura Pidcock. Drawing the rally to a close, Ian Hodson reminded everyone to come on the TUC demonstration on […]

NSSN 378: Lecturers start pensions strike as Mears workers win!

February 20, 2018 in Bulletins

  In this week’s bulletin, we highlight the national strike by the UCU lecturers’’ union that begins this week to defend their pensions. We also salute the Mears workers in Manchester who have won a victory after an incredible campaign of action.   UCU Over 1 million students will be affected by university pensions strikes (20 Feb) – A month of strikes due to hit 64 universities* will begin on Thursday (22 February) after the universities’ representatives refused to return to negotiations with the University and College Union (UCU). The union says the action will affect over 1 million students […]

373: Carillion scandal shows why we need massive Feb 3 demo

January 16, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Carillion workers after the company went into administration. No worker should lose their job or pension because of mismanagement. Carillion like many others, have benefited from privatisation. But it’s the workers who have paid the price, such as the 200 outsourced employees at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, who took strike action in 2012 against job losses and pay cuts. We call for all Carillion’s outsourced workers to be taken back in-house in the public sector and employed directly. We also support the demand of Mick Cash, the general secretary of the transport […]

NSSN 315: Durham teaching assistants strike back!

November 8, 2016 in Bulletins

Teaching assistants in Durham in Unison and ATL have started their first 48-hour strike today to prevent pay cuts of up to 23%. TAs in Derby have recently been taking strike action against similar cuts to pay. This is an excerpt from the blog Lions of Durham – “This is not action we are taking lightly but we have been forced into it by the Council’s refusal to discuss an alternative to imposing 23% pay cuts for working the same hours or 10% pay cut for working an ADDITIONAL 175.5 hours a year (many TAs are unable to work the […]

NSSN 302: Oil strike & Wood St cleaners – 50 days out!

July 26, 2016 in Bulletins

This week, we headline two disputes – one that has just burst out in the North Sea oil fields and the other reaching its 50th day! Over 400 members of Unite and RMT working for Wood Group on Shell platforms went on strike today – the first in the offshore oil and gas industry in almost 3 decades – which follows a ban on overtime which came into force yesterday. The NSSN took part in a protest at Shell International in Canary Wharf this morning. See interviews of RMT Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley and President Sean Hoyle as well […]

NSSN 298: French striker confirmed for NSSN Conference July 2nd

June 22, 2016 in Bulletins

Trade union activists in the UK have been following the incredible events in France over the last couple of months – although mainly on social media as there has been a virtual blackout by the mainstream broadcasters. They clearly don’t want workers here to be inspired by the mass strikes and demonstrations against the government’s new labour law. The NSSN is delighted to announce that we are able to continue a growing tradition of rounding off our annual conference with an international speaker. Two years ago, Ginger Jentzen from the $15Now struggle in the USA spoke and last year delegates […]

Day-Mer statement on Ankara bombing

October 13, 2015 in Appeals

The NSSN took part in the demonstration on Sunday in London against Saturday’s bombing and also a press conference in TUC Congress House yesterday in solidarity with a 2-day general strike in Turkey. Below is a press release from Day-Mer  (Kurdish and Turkish Community Centre) www.daymer.org    The growing call for peace cannot be silenced We stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey calling for peace and condemn the current government of Turkey for its role in these deadly attacks.   A peace and democracy rally in Ankara, Turkey was targeted on the morning of Saturday 10 October 2015, […]

Sign petition & support growing resistance of metalworkers in Turkey

May 25, 2015 in Appeals

Dear Friend,   I am writing to ask you to sign the petition below and support the growing resistance of the metal workers in Turkey.   The resistance which started with Renault workers and spread across TOFAS, Coşkunöz, Mako and Valeo workers has now encouraged Ototrim factory workers and Ford Otosan workers in Bursa and Kocaeli to take action as well. The participation of 15,000 metal workers has strengthened the resistance. After just one week the resistance continues to grow with more workers joining ranks and taking industrial action.   The metal workers’ demands: 1 – Assurance that that no […]

NSSN 243: Two weeks after the election…workers strike back!

May 22, 2015 in Bulletins

This is our second NSSN e-bulletin since the general election result which confirmed a Tory majority government. Since then, a number of unions have held their national conferences. We are delighted to announce that at theirs, the FBU have voted to affiliate to the NSSN – the 9th national union to officially support the Network. At that conference and others the clear message is that workers are prepared to fight Tory cuts and any new attacks on union rights that are announced in the Queen’s Speech on May 27. That defiant mood is reflected in the incredible number of strikes, […]