448: Come to 2019 NSSN TUC Rally Brighton Sun Sept 8

August 12, 2019 in Bulletins

Boris out! Fight together for a General Election to get all the Tories out Support the strikes Why unions should support the September 20th climate strike This year’s TUC Congress in Brighton takes place in the aftermath of the Tory leadership contest. It’s already clear that Boris Johnson will act in the interests of big business not workers and their families. We need to mobilise for a general election that can oust this weak and divided government. Workers are showing on a daily basis in the increasing number of disputes that they are prepared to fight, particularly if a lead […]

447: Support Harland & Wolff occupation – renationalise!

July 30, 2019 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s bulletin by giving our full solidarity and support to the workers in the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, in Unite and the GMB, who have gone into occupation to fight to secure their future. We support their call to re-nationalise the shipyard to save jobs. 10 years ago, Belfast Visteon workers occupied their plant when the company went into administration. They fought for their jobs alongside their brothers and sisters in Enfield and Basildon but won enhanced redundancy when facing mere statutory terms. In 1971, workers in Upper Clydeside Shipbuilders in Glasgow undertook a working […]

NSSN 445: NSSN Conference shows the mood for struggle

July 10, 2019 in Bulletins

Hundreds of union reps and members attended the 2019 National Shop Stewards Network last Saturday in London to discuss defending jobs, fighting for a pay rise and stopping the cuts. Throughout the day, in the main sessions and workshops, the increasing number of strikes and disputes were reported, in many cases by strikers themselves. Many talked about how we must fight for a General Election to kick out the Tories, whoever wins the leadership contest. Conference reserved a special welcome for Lyn Marie O’Hara, one of Glasgow Unison’s historic and victorious equal pay strikers. She spoke alongside Mick Cash RMT […]

NSSN 443: Support the strikes – come to NSSN Conference July 6th

June 27, 2019 in Bulletins

  This year’s NSSN Conference takes place at a time of rising workers’ struggle. A whole number of industrial disputes have been breaking out. Increasingly, many of these are resulting in victories. NSSN supporters have been getting down to the picket lines to give solidarity as well as calling for support and financial assistance in union branches and trades councils. You can keep in touch with many of these disputes in our weekly bulletins. But you can also find out in person by attending our annual conference in London on July 6th, when reps and workers from some of these […]

442: June 24 NSSN Solidarity Meeting: Save Ford Bridgend

June 20, 2019 in Bulletins

Last week, we headlined our bulletin with the news that Ford intend to close the Bridgend Engine Plant. This would be a disaster for the 1700 workers in the plant and many others in the supply chain and related industries, as well as the working-class communities in South Wales will be affected. The NSSN gives our full support and solidarity to the Ford workers and their unions Unite and the GMB. We are holding a public meeting this coming Monday in Bridgend in solidarity with the Ford workers. NSSN chair Rob Williams, a former convenor at the now closed Swansea […]

439: Support the South London Unite strikes in Woolwich & Bromley

May 29, 2019 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with two Unite disputes in South London. Woolwich Ferry workers are in the middle of 10 days of strikes while library staff in Bromley will be going on infinite strike action from June 6th. Please give your solidarity and send messages of support and any financial assistance via Unite regional officer Onay Kasab Onay.Kasab@unitetheunion.org Woolwich Ferry staff strike for 10 days in Groundhog Day safety dispute, says Unite – Workers, who operate the Woolwich Ferry used by an estimated 2.6 million passengers a year, are to strike for 10 days in a dispute over […]

437: Breakthrough for Birmingham Homecare workers – save Honda

May 14, 2019 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with what appears to be a major success for the Birmingham Home care workers in Unison. We hope that this can be confirmed and consolidated. We also report on the catastrophic news that senior Honda management have announced that they intend going ahead with the closure. We have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with both groups of workers and will continue to do so. In the last few months, we have organised NSSN meetings in both areas to give a platform to the workers’ struggles. We invite them both to speak at […]

NSSN 436: Pay rise victory for privatised NHS workers

May 8, 2019 in Bulletins

From the GMB website: Striking NHS catering workers at two hospitals have won a huge victory today [Friday May 3, 2019] after a £1.2 billion outsourcing giant agreed a wage rise. The low-paid workers – mainly women working in the kitchens at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw hospital – had been on strike since May 1 after French company Sodexo refused to match the pay rise other members of staff across the hospitals have received. But today, Sodexo bosses agreed to pay the award in full and backdate it to April last year. The agreement is a big win for […]

435: Southampton teachers & support staff defeat school cuts

May 2, 2019 in Bulletins

Teachers and support staff at Valentine Primary School, members of the National Education Union (NEU), are celebrating an important victory following strike action. Union members reached an agreement with Southampton’s Labour-run city council for a two-year freeze on cuts. This report is from local NSSN supporters who have been prominent in giving solidarity to striking teachers and support staff alongside campaigning and parents. “A united campaign of school staff, the NEU, the head teacher, the senior leadership team, governors and parents, stood solidly together over months of organising. We fought to ensure the damaging cutbacks were not inflicted through staff […]

NSSN 434: #WeStandWithLyra

April 25, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN stands in solidarity with the family, friends, workmates and comrades of Lyra McKee and her union the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Lyra was killed while reporting on rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on April 18th. Our supporters took part in vigils and remembrances in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the UK yesterday on the day of her funeral as well as protests, including by many trade unionists, in the last week. In a statement Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary, said the murder has shocked colleagues in Northern Ireland and expressed sympathy to her partner and colleagues […]