NSSN TUC Rally 2021

At 12pm on Sunday 12th September the NSSN is organising our annual rally before the start of TUC Congress. Unfortunately, due to Covid, both TUC and our rally will again be virtual this year.
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 austerity.
But workers are fighting back, with a strike wave that has seen important victories. Come and hear about the action that is taking place from union leaders and shopfloor workers on the front line.
This is an open forum to have your say, from the fight for workplace safety to defending our jobs and hard-won pay and conditions to stopping yet more privatisation of the NHS.
Confirmed speakers so far: Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary
Meeting ID: 861 1677 4093
Passcode: NSSN2021

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The NSSN held last year’s annual pre-TUC Rally on Sunday September 13th 2020. TUC Congress  was truncated and was mainly online, due to restrictions because of COVID our event was also virtual.

But it was an excellent meeting, with a mix of fighting union leaders and rank & file union reps and members. Watch the video of the NSSN TUC Rally here.

Alongside Sarah Woolley BFAWU, Dave Ward CWU, Amy Murphy USDAW, Steve Hedley RMT and Howard Beckett Unite, we heard about many disputes, including the indefinite PCS Tate strike, the NUJ action at Bullivant in the West Midlands and the struggle of the Debenhams workers in Ireland.

There were also appeals for support for campaigns against union victimisation, such as Tony Smith Hull Unison in FCC, Richie Venton Glasgow USDAW in IKEA and Colin Hayden Manchester Unite in Go-Ahead buses.

More than ever, the TUC needs to be a council of war, where the class lines are drawn – workers won’t pay the price for this crisis. We must send a clear message of defiance to the employers and their Tory government, which in turn will give confidence to workers that the unions will fight. We’ve already seen that workers join unions when the need to be organised is clear and a fighting lead is given.

The NSSN pre-TUC Rally on September 13th, called on TUC Congress last week to organise a day of demonstrations and protests in every town and city on Saturday October 24th to demand the furlough scheme, scheduled to end a week later, is continued and upgraded – we say ‘work or full pay!’ We say that the unions must mobilise for this fight, especially as new lockdowns are announced. Already, protests are being organised by trades councils and union branches around that time. Email us any that you are calling and we’ll publicise.

 

Workers not to blame for workplace Covid-19 outbreaks! – Speaking at the NSSN TUC rally, Dr. Jonathan Fluxman from Doctors in Unite explained that government, some public health officials and the media have been quick to blame workers for large workplace outbreaks. But Covid-19 is not just spread by large droplets, which can be controlled with social distancing and hand washing. The evidence shows inadequate ventilation is responsible for spreading an aerosol of tiny droplets. The slides of a talk given by Jonathan Fluxman to the Hazards Group recently can be seen here