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, […]

Urgent appeal: international solidarity Turkish metalworkers

February 2, 2015 in Appeals

Dear Friend,   Metal workers in Turkey went on strike on Thursday, 29th January 2015 demanding better wages and working conditions once negotiations between employer and the union failed. The Turkish government argued that the metal workers’ strike “is capable of disrupting national security and decided on Friday, 30th January to postpone the strike for 60 days under Article 63 of Law No. 6356 on trade unions and collective bargaining agreements. The strikes involving 15 thousand workers following the decision taken by Turkey’s Metal Workers’ union were due to begin on 29 January and 19 February at 22 workplaces across the […]

NSSN 215: TUC Demo video/Support St Mungos strikers

October 22, 2014 in Bulletins

See NSSN video taken on Saturday’s TUC ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ demonstration’  St Mungo’s strike by Unite members Two hundred striking homelessness workers gathered outside St Mungo’s Broadway head office on the first day of a seven day strike. The strike follows imposed changes by a new management team at the charity. Spirits were high and there was a mood of determination as strikers chanted “the workers united will never be defeated”. Earlier that morning workers had staged nineteen workplace pickets. Speaking at the rally Unite convenor Adam Lambert reported that, in last minute talks at ACAS, management had […]

NSSN 193: Care UK workers say “Enough is enough!”

May 20, 2014 in Bulletins

Mags Cowling’s speech to Doncaster Care UK strikers demo on Saturday 17 May “Hi, my name is Mags Cowling and I am a Doncaster Care UK striker (and newly elected Unison shop steward). We were previously employed by the NHS until last year when we were put out for tender and handed to a company called Care UK. If the tender had been won on the level of care the NHS would have won hands down. But it was with great sadness that we were turned over in September 2013, to a company who say they needed to make cuts […]

Soma miners solidarity appeal. Letter of protest to Turkish government

May 15, 2014 in Appeals, International

Dear Friend, I am writing to ask for your support for the coal miners who recently lost their lives in Soma, Turkey. I urge you to read this email and send the attached statement to Turkish Government Officials stated at the bottom of this email. At least 245 coal miners have lost their lives in the western town of Soma, Turkey, after an explosion caused a pit to collapse. Dozens of miners have injured, 4 of which are in critical condition. Hundreds are still trapped underground, 2km below the surface and 4km from the mine entrance. Soma Kömürleri AŞ privately owns the mine. The explosion occurred during […]