430: Join demo to stop the Swindon Honda closure!

March 26, 2019 in Bulletins

The NSSN will be joining thousands in Swindon this Saturday March 30th on the demonstration called by Unite the union against the closure of the Swindon Honda plant. The plan is for this to happen in 2021, with 3,500 Honda workers’ jobs on the line and up to 10,000 more affected in related industries. This will be devastating for the community. We give our full support to the union and its members. The NSSN has built up a longstanding relationship with the Honda shop stewards. Plant convenor Paddy Brennan successfully won his reinstatement after being suspended in 2011. Paddy calls […]

428: NSSN Birmingham Rally to build solidarity for strikes

March 12, 2019 in Bulletins

  Tonight March 12th, the NSSN is hosting a public solidarity meeting with striking Birmingham Unite binworkers and Mandy Buckley Unison Convenor for homecare workers as well as PCS Universal Credit strikers from Wolverhampton and Walsall at 6.30pm in the Birmingham Midland Institute – 9 Margaret St B3 3BS. Speakers include striking workers from all three disputes alongside Unite Assistant General Secretary Howard Beckett and NSSN national chair Rob Williams and Greenwich Unite branch secretary Danny Hoggan Facebook event   Unite Birmingham bin strikes suspended as new offer on the table (7 March) – Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union has […]

NSSN 401: Sunderland strike at Liebherr cranes for better pay

August 22, 2018 in Bulletins

  “We’ll be out as long as it takes”, was the strident attitude of Liebherr strikers. The Unite the Union and GMB members on the picket line told NSSN North East supporters that they are striking for a decent pay increase. Liebbherr’s offer of 3% was rejected by a decisive 94%. Liebherr is a global company, and the site in Sunderland is profitable. They assemble high quality cranes for the oil and maritime industries. Globally, turnover was almost 10 billion Euros for 2017. Yet, management, “aren’t forthcoming” when it comes to offering a decent pay increase. For a number of […]

365: Support Mears workers – 49 more strike days!

November 15, 2017 in Bulletins

  Unite Shocking levels of mental illness and stress revealed problems among Manchester housing workers, as Mears strike action resumes (from Unite website 13 Nov) – A confidential survey of workers employed by Mears in Manchester and joint venture company Manchester Working (operated by Mears) has revealed very high levels of mental health problems and stress among its workforce. The survey which was undertaken by the members’ union Unite is being made public today (November 13) to coincide with the workers’ resuming industrial action in a long-running dispute. Levels of mental ill health were found to be very high with 37 […]

NSSN 355: NSSN TUC Rally this Sunday

September 6, 2017 in Bulletins

NSSN 355: NSSN TUC Rally this Sunday – Fight together for a pay rise! Workers will be looking to the TUC Congress starting this Sunday in Brighton for a lead in taking on the brutal Tory attack on living standards. Real incomes are at 2007 levels and falling every month as price rises outstrip wage increases. Cameron notoriously claimed that we were “all in it together” when he launched his austerity offensive in 2010 but his class of super-rich have got even richer under the Tories while nurses and other workers have to go to foodbanks. But the fightback is […]

NSSN 350: Support Birmingham Bin Workers!

July 31, 2017 in Bulletins

The NSSN is supporting the struggle of refuse collectors in Birmingham. This is by one of our local supporters:- Since June 30th, refuse collectors employed by Birmingham City Council and members of Unite the Union have been taking industrial action against the employer’s proposals. They will see a reduction in their staffing numbers by 113 posts (20%), changes in working practices and extending the working week. The Labour controlled council has argued that the plans will achieve a necessary ‘modernisation’ of the service but Unite members argue that this will further reduce the numbers on each wagon resulting in too […]

Support Unite Barts NHS strike demo & donate to strike fund

July 14, 2017 in Appeals

    Tomorrow Saturday July 15th, hundreds of striking low-paid health workers in the East London Barts NHS Trust will be marching. Speakers include John McDonnell MP Labour Shadow Chancellor. The workers started with two days of action last week and are now in the middle of a 7-day strike. If there is no resolution by July 25th, they will begin a two week strike that day. Please come and join the solidarity demonstration to support the cleaners, porters and security guards who work for Serco, who are using agency firms to try to break the strike. The whole labour and trade […]

NSSN cancels conference to support July 1st demo

June 15, 2017 in News

As our supporters and affiliates will know, this year’s conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (our 11th) is due to take place in London on Saturday July 1st. Hundreds of trade union and anti-cuts campaigners will be preparing to take part in discussions and debates about the crucial struggles and disputes facing working people. Of course, a prominent issue would be how we organise a mass movement to take on a weak and discredited Tory Government. The NSSN is not affiliated to any political party but we unapologetically campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn’s pro-worker manifesto in the General Election and […]

NSSN 337: Support the fight for pensions at BMW, AWE, Fujitsu & Royal Mail!

April 19, 2017 in Bulletins

This week sees another dispute flaring into action over employers closing final salary/defined benefits pension schemes as BMW car workers start five weeks of strike action at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall near Birmingham and Goodwood. Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment will have taken 16 days of strikes after voting by 80% in a re-ballot to continue and escalate the action with 8 further days of action into May. The long-running Fujitsu dispute  is also about pension cuts in addition to redundancies. Recently, Tata steelworkers reluctantly voted to accept the closure of their scheme because of the threat of plant […]

NSSN 336: London NHS workers walk off the job to win!

April 11, 2017 in Bulletins

  Too many in the union movement are pointing to the new Tory Trade Union Act with its undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds to argue that action is now virtually impossible. But it’s clear from the events of last week at the Royal London Hospital, that workers are ready to defend their rights. That was the unmistakable message from the 160 domestic staff who walked off the floor at the hospital which is part of Barts NHS Trust, on 6 April. Their new employer, the privateer vulture contractor Serco, thought it could set the tone for workplace relations by withdrawing […]