NSSN 314: November 5 Libraries, Museums & Galleries demo

November 2, 2016 in Bulletins

It’s the demonstration every Library & Museums campaigner has been calling for and now it’s on. It is supported by PCS, Unite and Unison. Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. But since 2010, austerity policies meant that we have lost: 8,000 paid and trained library workers; 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and One in five regional museums at least partially closed. We’ve also seen: Libraries’ and museums’ opening hours cut; Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed; An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation; […]

305: John McDonnell to speak at NSSN TUC rally 11 Sept

August 23, 2016 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is delighted to announce that Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has agreed to speak at our rally on Sunday 11 September, before the start of TUC Congress in Brighton. The NSSN gives full support to Jeremy and John McDonnell. Like tens of thousands of working class people who have joined solidarity #KeepCorbyn protests and meetings over the summer, we see Owen Smith’s challenge as an attempt by the Blairites to turn the political clock back to when Labour was a reliable tool of the establishment. We hope that the NSSN rally, with John McDonnell […]

303: Fawley workers defeat ‘race to the bottom’ exploitation

August 3, 2016 in Bulletins

Striking Unite members working for contractors NICO at the massive Fawley refinery in Hampshire have won an important victory for trade unionists against the bosses’ race to the bottom. This strike was against contractors exploiting migrant workers from Bulgaria and Italy and paying £48 for a 10 hour shift instead of the £125 union agreed rate paid to British workers. This attack by the employers on trade union terms and conditions has been at the heart of the austerity drive to boost profits at the expense of workers across Europe. It is the attempt to drive down wages that fuelled […]

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 301: Video of 10th NSSN Conference

July 15, 2016 in Bulletins

This is a video of the 10th annual NSSN Conference which took place on Saturday July 2nd in London on the themes: “Cameron’s gone – now get rid of the rest of the Tories! Link the strikes!’ NSSN TUC Congress rally ‘Cameron Gone – get the rest of the Tories Out!’ – 1pm Sunday 11th September   NSSN news Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate to the NSSN – it only costs £50. Already affiliated? Please think about renewing it. Also, many of our supporters pay a few pounds a month. You can set up a […]

NSSN 299: This Saturday July 2! NSSN Conference 2016 – get ALL the Tories OUT!

June 29, 2016 in Bulletins

NSSN 299: This Saturday July 2! NSSN Conference 2016 – get ALL the Tories OUT! The 10th annual NSSN Conference takes place this Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall in London in the aftermath of the EU Referendum that has precipitated a political crisis for the Tories. Cameron, the architect of the biggest austerity offensive unleashed on working-class people for 90 years is history and his party is split down the middle. Now we need to get rid of the rest of the Tories! Yet incredibly, this has been the signal for Blairite Labour MPs to try and stage a […]

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 […]

NSSN 296: Support BFAWU Pennine workers

June 8, 2016 in Bulletins

‘Organise to take on the Tories! Link up the strikes!’ – This year’s annual NSSN conference – our 10th – will be on Saturday July 2nd in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – 11am-4.30pm details here   Facebook event Confirmed speakers: Steve Gillan POA General Secretary, Matt Wrack FBU General Secretary, Ronnie Draper BFAWU General Secretary, Janice Godrich PCS President, Chris Baugh PCS Assistant General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President Yannis Gourtsoyannis BMA junior doctors committee national executive To register in advance – email info@shopstewards.net. Conference fee is £6 each – you can pay on the day […]

NSSN 289: March with the Junior Doctors & Teachers!

April 20, 2016 in Bulletins

London demo April 26 to support the Junior Doctors The streets of London were crammed last Saturday on the People’s Assembly demo, with protesters calling for ‘Dodgy Dave’ and the rest of the Tories to go. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Junior Doctors in the BMA take their next 48-hour strike against Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of his new contract. Their heroic dispute is at a pivotal stage. At its recent conference, the NUT teachers’ union passed a motion to ballot for strike action against forced academisation and link up with the Junior Doctors. In London on the evening of the […]