2022 NSSN Conference 2nd July

2022 NSSN Conference – Saturday 2nd July 11am-4.30pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Facebook event

Confirmed speaker: Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary

It’s never been more necessary for the trade unions to give a fighting lead. Workers are facing up to the biggest squeeze on their living standards for generations. The cost of living is going through the roof with real inflation heading towards double figures. Yet the bosses and their Tory government want to make us pay the price. Boris Johnson is continuing to hold down public sector pay, while turning a blind eye to the brutal illegal sackings by P&O on the back of the vicious employers’ Fire and Rehire offensive.
The last 2½ years of Covid showed that workers are the key force in society, and we have had to get organised to keep workplaces safe and resist the bosses’ attacks. Many workers have been prepared to take action and have forced companies to concede significant wage rises. Other important victories have been won, such as the Manchester busworkers and at Barts NHS Trust in London. But the dispute at P&O shows that with the bosses’ profits at stake, they will use brutal measures against us. Disgracefully, Labour Coventry council have spent millions trying to break the bin strike.
The NSSN was initiated by the RMT under its late great general secretary Bob Crow in 2006. We continue to build solidarity and support for unions and their members taking action. But we have always argued that mass united action can push back the Tories and bosses. In March 2011, 750,000 union members marched through the streets of London on the TUC demonstration against the austerity offensive of the Tory-led government. It led directly to the 2 million strong public sector general strike that November on pensions.
We welcome that the TUC has finally called the ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ demo in London on 18th June. We will help build what needs to be a massive mobilisation that could be the platform for industrial action across the public and private sectors.
This will be the 15th national NSSN conference and as usual will be a vital forum for union reps and members along with anti-cuts campaigners to come together to talk about their struggles and discuss out the strategy, tactics and programme needed for the fight of our lives.