NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected

March 14, 2018 in Bulletins

NSSN 381: Victory to the lecturers as pension offer is rejected The UCU USS pensions dispute in the pre-1992 universities continue as the employer’s proposals were yesterday rejected after a meeting of the union’s Higher Education Committee (HEC) and a national reps meeting. In an incredible show of strength by rank and file lecturers, thousands were mobilised around the country in emergency branch meetings – many virtually unanimously. Hundreds of UCU members, perhaps up to a thousand across the day, converged on UCU HQ to lobby the HEC and reps meeting. Lecturers believe that their 14 days of strike action, […]

NSSN 380: Celebrate International Women’s Day – organise to fightback!

March 6, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN headlines this week’s bulletin by marking and celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th. We have articles by two of our supporters who have a proud record of trade union struggle. Tessa Warrington was until recently a PCS rep and Keishia Taylor is a member of UCU and is currently on strike against the employers’ attacks on the USS pension scheme. For IWD events go to the TUC website or follow #IWD2018 #IWD18 #IWD on twitter “The #MeToo movement has revealed the endemic nature of sexual harassment in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. It has given […]

NSSN 376: Feb 3rd NHS demos – “Prepare for battle!”

February 7, 2018 in Bulletins

  National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) supporters took part in protests around the country last Saturday on the day of action called by Health Campaigns Together (which we are affiliated to) and the People’s Assembly. Tens of thousands took to the streets, including on the emergency London demonstration, to send a message to the Tories that we want the privatisers out of the NHS and more beds and staff in. In last week’s bulletin, we showed an interview with a nurse Jacqui Berry, who is also a Unison NEC member and on the NSSN steering committee about the crisis in […]

NSSN 375: Demo to #FixOurNHS this Sat Feb 3rd

January 30, 2018 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is supporting the national day of action this Saturday February 3rd to protest against the crisis in the NHS. There will be protests around the country, including an emergency demonstration in London. One of the leading organisers is nurse Jacqui Berry. She is also a member of Unison’s NEC as well as the NSSN steering committee. In the build up to Saturday, Jacqui has done this interview that shines the spotlight on the crisis in the NHS and why we need a mass campaign against the Tory health cuts:-   ‘The NHS In Crisis […]

NSSN 374: UCU vote to strike for 14 days to defend pensions

January 23, 2018 in Bulletins

  University pensions strike update: Universities to be hit with 14 strike days if USS row not resolved – from UCU website (22 Jan): Universities face initial 14 days of escalating strike action if a row over changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is not resolved. Sixty-one universities would be hit with a wave of strikes and other forms of industrial action by UCU members expected to start on Thursday 22 February. Other action would include union members working strictly to their contract, which would see them refusing to cover classes or reschedule classes lost on strike days as […]

373: Carillion scandal shows why we need massive Feb 3 demo

January 16, 2018 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends solidarity to Carillion workers after the company went into administration. No worker should lose their job or pension because of mismanagement. Carillion like many others, have benefited from privatisation. But it’s the workers who have paid the price, such as the 200 outsourced employees at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, who took strike action in 2012 against job losses and pay cuts. We call for all Carillion’s outsourced workers to be taken back in-house in the public sector and employed directly. We also support the demand of Mick Cash, the general secretary of the transport […]

NSSN 370: Seasons Greetings – keep fighting back in 2018!!

December 18, 2017 in Bulletins

The National Shop Stewards Network sends our greetings and thanks to all our supporters and affiliates in our last weekly bulletin of the year. 2017 was a year of struggle. We’ve seen waves of strike action, too numerous to mention them all. As you will read in this bulletin, this wave continues into the holiday period. These have often been by low-paid workers to defend their living standards as prices rises and pay caps see the biggest drop in workers’ real incomes since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century. We saw the ‘B-strikes’ in the […]

NSSN 369: Fight together for a FULL pay rise!

December 12, 2017 in Bulletins

Last Tuesday, council workers and school support staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received a 2-year pay offer from the local government employers with the main headline of a 2% rise for each year. The local government unions will now consider this offer, which falls far short of their 5% pay claim. As Unite national officer Jim Kennedy said: “Continuing government cuts to local government have seen real term pay cuts of up to 21 per cent for some of the lowest paid public servants in the country.” There is also huge concern that this offer appears to be […]

NSSN 366: BiFab – Scottish workers’ action secures breakthrough

November 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  Workers at the three threatened Burntisland Fabrication – BiFab – yards have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured, at least until April 2018. Their decisive action over the last week, and those of the GMB and Unite trade unions, has delivered this important breakthrough. Watch the Scottish TUC’s video of the workers’ protest outside the Scottish Parliament. From an article by NSSN supporters in Scotland:- On 12th November, the company said it had no money to pay wages and was giving notice that it intended to enter administration. The threat to 1400 workers who […]

NSSN 364: PCS members vote YES in pay ballot!

November 8, 2017 in Bulletins

  PCS members vote overwhelmingly to back campaign of action on pay (7 Nov) – A decisive yes vote by tens of thousands of PCS members in our consultative ballot on pay sends a powerful message to the government to act to scrap the 1% public sector pay cap and fund above inflation pay rises. The ballot, run by the independent Electoral Reform Services, consisted of 2 questions: Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise? If the government refuse to scrap […]