NSSN 333: Teaching Assistants still fighting in Derby and Durham!

March 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  This week we give an update on the two longstanding struggles of teaching assistants in Derby and Durham against pay cuts of up to 25%, shamefully in both cases by Labour councils. After an incredible dispute that has lasted 10 months and had recently seen strike action go indefinite, Derby City Council has put a new offer on the table, which will now be voted on by the 1,200 Unison members. In Durham, a similarly heroic and resilient campaign of over 12 months, forced the council before Christmas to suspend notices to sack and re-engage 2,700 staff in Unison […]

NSSN 332: March against Racism this Saturday!

March 16, 2017 in Bulletins

  The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is supporting the ‘Marches against Racism’ this Saturday March 18th in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff.   Watch this video of Unison NEC members April Ashley and Hugo Pierre who spoke to the NSSN in a personal capacity on why they will be marching and why workers’ unity against racism and austerity is needed to force back the division whipped up by Trump, UKIP and the Tories. March 18 National Demo: Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism details here on ‘Stand up to Racism’ website London: 12pm, (BBC) […]

331: After massive march, fight together to defend #OurNHS

March 7, 2017 in Bulletins

  What a time to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th – with struggles and disputes that have a big involvement of women workers. We mention some in our bulletin but keep up to speed with any IWD events through #IWD and #IWD2017 on twitter   The NSSN salutes the massive #OurNHS demonstration that filled the streets of London last Saturday. It was called by the Health Campaigns Together grassroots campaign. To get a flavour of the march, please look at the following videos, the first from Leicester campaigners who have been fighting to save the Glenfield children […]

NSSN 330: March this Saturday to defend #OurNHS

February 28, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN is supporting this Saturday’s ‘It’s Our NHS!’ national demonstration in London. We have long supported this initiative and have donated to the Health Campaigns Together grassroots campaign. The demo is now supported by a whole number of national unions and health campaigns. We call on all our supporters and affiliates to join the march and help build it. Assemble 12noon Saturday March 4th Tavistock Square, London WC1H Facebook event       As we have done in other demonstrations, there will be a NSSN stage towards the end of the march outside the Department of Health  on Whitehall. […]

NSSN 329: Rail unions unity needed to stop DOO at Southern Rail

February 21, 2017 in Bulletins

  The NSSN salutes members of ASLEF who voted to reject Southern Rail’s offer to end their dispute. We call on the union to join with the RMT, who disgracefully were excluded from talks brokered by the TUC, to plan co-ordinated action to stop management’s Driver Only Operation (DOO) plans. The starting point for this is a commitment not to have separate talks with the company. It is therefore a concern that there are reports that ASLEF and Southern Rail are meeting for secret talks today. We don’t believe that this is the message of the ASLEF ballot last week. […]

NSSN 327: Support RMT on Southern Rail!

February 8, 2017 in Bulletins

  The transport union RMT, its members, and many across the union movement are fuming at the proposed Southern Rail ‘deal’. It was made with the leadership of the Aslef transport union and presided over by the TUC – they and the Tories hope it will settle the Southern Rail dispute. We don’t believe that this is reflected on the ASLEF picket lines, where members have expressed real solidarity with RMT guards and station staff, who have taken 28 days of strike action. We call on Aslef members to reject this offer and call more coordinated strikes with the RMT. […]

NSSN 326: PCS fights Govt attack on DWP job centres and offices

February 1, 2017 in Bulletins

From Katrine Williams – PCS DWP Group Vice President & NSSN Vice-Chair As part of the Tory offensive against the public sector the chancellor has announced a 20% reduction in DWP offices and more job centres to share sites in local authority premises to deliver 30% saving on estates costs. This fits in with the approaching end of the contract with the company which owns the DWP estate. At the beginning of December 2016, there was an announcement of the closure of half the jobcentres in Glasgow. This was met by immediate anger and opposition from PCS members, politicians and […]

NSSN 325: NSSN public meeting this Thursday – “Nationalise Tata to guarantee jobs & pensions”

January 24, 2017 in Bulletins

  Last April, the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) called a protest in Port Talbot as fears grew about the future of its steelworks. Its owner Tata was looking to break up and sell off much of its UK operations. Over 200 local people demonstrated behind our slogan ‘Nationalise Tata to save the steelworks, jobs and communities.’ It is a welcome fact that almost 10 months ago later, the works remain standing and operating. Whatever the true intention of Tata, it has proved politically impossible to close it, for now at least. Now the workforce has been given the extremely […]

NSSN 324: Trade Union Act to come into force on March 1st – TUC call a special conference

January 18, 2017 in Bulletins

  The Tories have confirmed that their anti-union laws, incorporated in the Trade Union Act, including new undemocratic industrial action ballot thresholds will come into force on March 1st. The NSSN calls on the TUC to implement the policy passed at last September’s TUC Congress which was moved by the RMT which includes: “Congress believes the General Council needs to convene an urgent conference of affiliates to provide a practical forum, including workshops, as to how to best coordinate our legal and industrial response to the Act in line with policy already set by Congress.” and an amendment from the […]

323: Support strikes in the tube & train stations and airport!

January 10, 2017 in Bulletins

  RMT / ASLEF / TSSA Southern Rail strikes Members of RMT and ASLEF are in dispute on Southern Rail over the imposition of Driver Only Operations (DOO). The NSSN sends solidarity and support to both unions and we call on our members to support the following days of strikes:- Tuesday 10 January; Wednesday 11 January; and Friday 13 January Tuesday 24 January; Wednesday 25 January and Friday 27 January (ASLEF & RMT drivers) Send donations and messages of support to RMT and ASLEF via info@rmt.org and info@alsef.org.uk or through twitter @ASLEFunion and @RMTunion Industrial action on Southern Watch BBC […]