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 […]

NSSN condolences to victims of Soma mine disaster

May 14, 2014 in International

The National Shop Stewards Network sends its condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the hundreds of miners killed or feared dead in what will inevitably be Turkey’s worst ever mining disaster. As reports come in and events unfurl, our anger is added to those of workers in Turkey that such a horrendous incident could happen in the 21st century. Turkish miners have long raised concerns about and campaigned for improved safety in the region and this tragedy has sadly confirmed they were right to do so. Until further news about the causes of the disaster is available and […]

Solidarity Appeal – Justice for Berkin Elvan

March 13, 2014 in Appeals, International, News, Protest

The AKP government in Turkey has continued its violence against trade unions political parties and social groups. This was graphically demonstrated in the attacks against mourners at the funeral of Berkin Elvan. Solidarity with the People of Turkey (SPOT), an organisation supported by the NSSN has issued an appeal for solidarity with those facing state violence and intimidation. Please take the time to read the covering letter and leaflet below. Messages of protest can be sent to the email addresses listed on the leaflet. The NSSN sends its full solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters in Turkey. To […]

Get Planning for November – NSSN Lobby of the TUC

September 12, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Uncategorized, Video

When we arrived in Bournemouth, I really felt like just getting my shoes off and feeling the sand between my toes and listen to the waves rush towards me.. But me and 8 other members, mostly reps, of our Unite LE1111 branch chose to join the NSSN rally & lobby the TUC for co-ordinated action.(Have a look at the short but excellent video of the indoor rally and outdoor protest, well worth watching & SHARING (Click here to the Video) It’s not that we haven’t got enough to do, but it’s precisely because we have so much on fighting dispute after […]

Bulletin 145 – Turkey: No option but to Rebel

June 6, 2013 in Bulletins, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Bulletin 145 –  Turkey: No option but to rebel!– A statement from Day-Mer, a Turkish & Kurdish community organisation What is happening in Turkey?  On 27th May 2013, a police escorted demolition team arrived at the Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul Turkey to flatten the entire park and destroy all the parkland, including the trees. Despite resistance from local people and environmentalist groups, the site was cleared and demolition work proceeded. The police then clashed with protesters who began to occupy the Park. The activists have been camping there for three days in an attempt to stop the destruction. The […]