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 […]

412: Support Hants Prysmian Cables & Systems strike

November 6, 2018 in Bulletins

The second 48 hour strike at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire will go ahead tomorrow and Thursday, November 7-8 over a derisory pay offer below inflation. These are on top of the five days of strike action already taken since 26 September This is a report from last week’s first two day stoppage by Declan Clune, Secretary of Southampton & South West Hampshire Trades Union Council and a NSSN supporter:- It was a ‘spooky’ affair outside Prysmian Cables this very cold morning with workers joining the picket line dressed appropriately for Halloween. One worker said jokingly, “We’re trying […]

408: Glasgow council workers to strike for equal pay justice

October 10, 2018 in Bulletins

  Statement from Glasgow Unison Branch:- Glasgow Equal Pay – Why we are striking. You will be aware that Glasgow school support for learning staff, child development officers, school administration workers, home carers, cleaners, caterers and other council workers are being called out on strike on 23/24 October in a dispute over the council’s failure to reach agreement on a long standing equal pay dispute. GMB members will also be taking strike action at these times. Around 8,000 trade union members will be called out on strike. This dispute is about the council’s failure to make any real progress on […]

407: Support Hospitality strike this Thursday #FFS410

October 2, 2018 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network is proud to support the co-ordinated strike this Thursday October 4th by restaurant and hospitality workers. Two of our affiliated unions the BFAWU and Unite are prominent in the action, alongside the GMB, IWW and IWGB. We believe that these struggles are giving workers in these sectors confidence to fight back. Workers in the BFAWU in the ‘Ivy House’ pub in South London walked out in solidarity with their sacked workmates last Sunday and are still out. Join the protests outside the pub – 40 Stuart Rd, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE. For up to date […]

403: Come to NSSN Rally at TUC in Manchester

September 5, 2018 in Bulletins

  In the year of the 150th anniversary of the TUC, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is again organising a rally before the start of TUC Congress: ‘Fight Together to Get the Tories Out!’ It will be from 1pm on Sunday September 9th in the Manchester Mechanics Institute/Conference Centre, Princess Street, M1 6DD. Leaders from fighting unions will be speaking alongside rank & file union reps and activists, including those who have been taking action. Confirmed speakers so far: RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, USDAW President Amy Murphy (personal capacity), POA Deputy General Secretary […]

400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

NSSN 399: Support the striking Birmingham home care workers

August 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Birmingham Council Unison members, who are stepping up their action. This report is from a Birmingham NSSN supporter:- Birmingham home care workers are starting 14 days of discontinuous strike action on 9 August in protest at the Labour council’s attempts to create a completely part-time workforce which would mean that many workers would be unable to pay household bills. If the workers don’t accept either 14, 21 or 22.75 hours contracts they will be made compulsorily redundant. Senior Unison steward Mandy Buckley initially drew up alternative rotas for the staff but senior management refused them because in Mandy’s […]

397: NSSN conference – Mood for fighting action & coordination

July 13, 2018 in Bulletins

Last Saturday saw hundreds of union reps and activists meet together in this year’s National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference. Below is a full report of what was a vibrant event. “I’m sick and tired of hearing that the trade union movement is on its way out,” declared Linda Taaffe in opening the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on 7 July. Part of the reason the lie can be told she said, “is the TUC itself. Where has the TUC been in the recent period?” This set the scene for the meeting that followed, which made clear the ongoing […]

NSSN 395: March this Saturday to defend #OurNHS70

June 27, 2018 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network gives full solidarity and support to this Saturday’s demonstrations in support of the NHS as it reaches its 70th anniversary. The NSSN has been to the fore in supporting health campaigns on a national scale against Tory cuts – including the demo in March 2017 and the one earlier this year – as well as in local areas such as in Huddersfield, Leicester and Mansfield where victories have been won plus many others. We have also played our part in building solidarity for health workers in struggle, including the Junior Doctors in 2016, the […]

394: PCS national pay strike ballot begins – VOTE YES!

June 18, 2018 in Bulletins

  PCS The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support and solidarity to the PCS who voted at their recent annual conference to move to a national strike ballot on pay that opens today June 18 PCS pay ballot opens today – vote yes (18 Jun) – It is vital that all eligible members vote yes for a 5% pay rise in our statutory pay ballot, which opened today, and send a powerful message to the government. The decision to ballot was taken by delegates following a vote at the union’s annual conference in Brighton on 22 May to support […]