NSSN 558: Brighton bins victory & Truckers to take a break for their rights

October 26, 2021 in Bulletins

This week NSSN bulletin headlines with a victory by bin workers in Brighton in the GMB and a campaign launched by Unite for HGV drivers. Brighton bin strike over after council and GMB agree deal (20 Oct) – The Brighton bin strike is officially over after the council ratified an improved pay deal. GMB members had already voted to accept the deal – which will increase pay and end unilateral round changes – as well as improving pay of council workers across the city. The council’s policy and resource’s committee has now followed suit. HGV drivers in Brighton and Hove […]

NSSN 557: Strikes work as workers force bosses back

October 17, 2021 in Bulletins

A clear trend is opening up as the number of disputes increase and many of these are resulting in victories or at least forcing the employers to make serious concessions. The NSSN weekly bulletin carries reports of all the strikes and ballots that are taking place. And it’s clear that workers are more and more using their power and leverage, particularly in those areas where there are labour shortages. The bosses and their Tory government have used Covid to go on the offensive, particularly using the brutal ‘fire and rehire’. But workers are fighting back and increasingly getting results. The […]

NSSN 556: Support the October strikes

October 12, 2021 in Bulletins

October has seen a real step change in industrial action as workers fight back against the bosses’ offensive to make us pay for the Covid crisis. As prices rise, strike ballots and action on pay, pensions and jobs are on the increase, with a number winning demands or at least forcing concessions out of the employers. And in the public sector, unions are reporting that their members have voted down the Tory pay deals – effectively pay cuts and are moving to ballots. We call on the unions in the public sector to co-ordinate ballots and action. The NSSN stands […]

NSSN 555: Youth Fight for Jobs this Saturday

October 4, 2021 in Bulletins

Youth Fight for Jobs have organised a national day of action on Saturday October 9th as the Tories end furlough and take back the £20/week Universal Credit by £20 uplift. If you’re a young person or trade unionist, and you want to get involved or support any of the marches below in your local area, visit www.youthfightforjobs.com/get-involved. If you’re not in a union, join one – get organised.     Birmingham: Victoria Square 1pm (West Mids regional demo) Leeds: Millenium Square, 12pm (Yorkshire regional demo) – speakers include Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary London: Assemble outside Department for Business, Energy and […]

NSSN 554: March against Tories on Sunday – support the strikes!

September 28, 2021 in Bulletins

Sunday October 3rd – 12pm People’s Assembly ‘Protest the Tory Party Conference’ national demo in Manchester. Assemble Oxford Road near Whitworth Park, M14 4PW read more   Facebook event As anger grows against the public sector pay freeze at the same time Boris Johnson brings in his NI stealth tax hike and prices start to rise, this Sunday will see thousands march in Manchester against the Tories as they gather for their annual conference. Also, workers in both the public and private sector are increasingly taking action against the employers’ attacks such as ‘fire and rehire’. This week, PCS and UVW […]

553: GKN workers all out strike to save Birmingham plant

September 21, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity to the workers at the GKN Drivelines factory in Erdington Birmingham, who start all out indefinite strike action next Monday to save the plant. Send messages of support and donations to the strike hardship fund to the Unite convenor Frank Duffy [email protected] The NSSN argues that in order to save and defend communities, plants should be nationalised and taken into public ownership. Frank explains what’s at stake in this article that he has done for the Guardian (‘We tried to transition to green jobs, but the bosses are closing our car factory down’ Sept 20) […]

552: NSSN TUC Rally: ‘Council of Action’ against Tories & bosses

September 14, 2021 in Bulletins

Over 300 attended the online 12th annual NSSN TUC Rally on Sunday 12th September. There was a fantastic exchange of ideas from all levels of the union movement, sending the clear message to TUC Congress, which is meeting virtually this week – that the fight needs to be stepped up against the offensive of the employers and their Tory government. We heard fighting speeches from Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary, Dave Ward CWU General Secretary, Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary, Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker. We also […]

551: NSSN lobbies TUC Sunday to fight Tory & bosses offensive

September 7, 2021 in Bulletins

NSSN TUC Rally 12pm Sunday September 12th online via Zoom Facebook event Zoom details:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86116774093?pwd=OVNvZldISGozKzd6U0QvL1hBWEI3Zz09 Meeting ID: 861 1677 4093     Passcode: NSSN2021 Due to Covid, both the TUC and our rally will again be virtual this year. This will be the 12th successive year that we have lobbied the TUC for the fighting programme that is needed by workers. Confirmed speakers so far: Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary, Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary (Designate), Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker.  We will also be having an […]

550: Unite GS Sharon Graham to speak at NSSN TUC Rally

August 31, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN is pleased to announce that newly-elected Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham has agreed to address our annual rally before the start of TUC Congress. It is from 12pm on Sunday September 12th. Sharon spoke at the 2019 NSSN Conference in her then capacity as Unite’s Executive Officer for Organising and Leverage, explaining the union’s strategy for winning industrial disputes. Sharon is the latest confirmed speaker so far, alongside Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary (Designate), Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker.  We will also be having an open […]

549: Unite activists protest in fight for motor way workers’ sick pay

August 24, 2021 in Bulletins

Last Wednesday 18 August, the NSSN joined a protest by Unite activists in support of key workers, employed by construction company Kier, who keep the South East’s motorway network operational held a protest at the company’s offices, due to the refusal to pay them sick pay. Video from Reel News: Kier, End the discrimination on sick pay – UNITE activists protested outside both Kier and Highways England offices, occupying one office until the police were called. Action will continue until Kier stop this discriminatory practice and pay everyone the same sick pay Unite regional officer Malcom Bonnett said: “Kier’s workers […]