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 […]

NSSN 548: Support the summer strikes!

August 17, 2021 in Bulletins

The summer months are supposed to be a ‘quiet period’ for the union movement. But as regular readers of this NSSN bulletin will know, that isn’t the case this year. Workers are fighting back against the Tory and bosses’ offensive – fire and rehire, public sector pay insults and union victimisation. The NSSN will continue to highlight these disputes and help build support and solidarity for them. We will give a platform to them at our rally on September 12th to lobby TUC Congress. Support the strikes and protests!   NSSN TUC Rally 2021 – 12pm Sunday September 12th At […]

NSSN 547: NSSN TUC Rally 2021 – 12pm Sunday Sept 12

August 10, 2021 in Bulletins

At 12pm on Sunday 12th September, the NSSN is organising our annual rally before the start of TUC Congress. 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. The pandemic has seen workers fight for their lives and increasingly our livelihoods as bosses unleash an offensive to make us pay for the crisis, including through fire and rehire and union-busting while their Tory Government proposes a public sector pay freeze and further […]

NSSN 546: Support the RMT strikes

July 31, 2021 in Bulletins

This week, we headline the NSSN bulletin with the wave of strike action being taken by RMT members, including those in Scotland, London, Hull, East Midlands and Merseyside. Also, Unite members are escalating their action this coming week on the Woolwich Ferry. Please support all this action. Like all other workers, transport staff shouldn’t be made to pay the price for the Covid pandemic. The NSSN sends our solidarity!   RMT Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains (29 July) – Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains on Monday in the fight to defend decent pension rights. RAIL UNION RMT confirmed […]

545: United action against the Tories on public sector pay

July 27, 2021 in Bulletins

Public sector workers, headed by those in the NHS and education, are rightly furious after the Tories finally made their pay announcements. The 3% to be awarded to NHS staff, who have been on the front line risking their lives during Covid, is nowhere near what has been lost over the last decade. That’s why many health workers have been demanding 15%. But to rub salt in to the wounds, this rise must come out of the existing NHS budget. This means brutal cuts on top of all the Tory austerity we’ve already had. It’s even worse for teachers, with […]

544: NSSN meeting – Stop Freeports Race to the Bottom

July 19, 2021 in Bulletins

NSSN 544: NSSN meeting – Stop the Freeports Race to the Bottom – 7.30pm Wednesday 21 July Facebook event The Tories have announced their plan for 8 new Freeports, allegedly to boost jobs. But correctly unions have flagged up the dangers of bosses using them to attack trade union agreements that protect workers’ pay, terms and conditions and pensions. The NSSN agreed at our annual conference in June to assist with initiatives in opposing more attacks on workers, on top of the fire and rehire offensive that we are currently seeing. We are looking at a public national event in […]