May 30, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Protest, Reports, Strikes

EBULLETIN MAY 30th 2013 NO. 144 STATEMENT FROM GREENWICH UNITE TRADE UNION BRANCH ON WOOLWICH ATTROCITY AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS –  ‘UNITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM, DIVISION & TERROR’ Unite 2050 trade union branch totally and without any reservation condemn the senseless and barbaric murder of a serving soldier in a busy street in our community. Our condolences go out to the family of Lee Rigby. This was a barbaric and callous act that has taken a son, husband and father away from his family. We would wish to add our voice to others in saying that there is no place […]

NSSN bulletin

May 28, 2013 in Bulletins

NSSN at the PCS Annual Delegate Conference in Brighton.    Over the course of the last few months in PCS we have taken a day  and a half of national industrial action and many parts of the union have also taken group action in support of the unions national campaign.  We will also be looking to take a further day of national industrial action in June. As a rank and file activist organization the PCS supports the NSSN and hosted an official fringe meeting chaired by DWP President Fran Heathcote; with speakers NSSN Chair Rob Williams and PCS Assistant General Secretary Chris […]

Bulletin 142 2013 – The brutal reality of the Bedroom Tax & Fighting back

May 16, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

This week the impact of the brutal Bedroom Tax had tragic consequences. We pass on our sympathy and condolences to the family. On the eve of PCS conference, a rep from the union argues for the unions to be at the fore in the battle against this hated tax and the whole austerity programme: The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has unleashed a brutal war on the historic social gains of the working class in Britain. Attacks on welfare provision – such as the Bedroom Tax – display the cold cruelty of the British ruling class. Since 1 April, 660,000 social housing […]

NSSN Bulletin 141 – ‘we can’t sit back and wait for 2015’

May 9, 2013 in Bulletins

NSSN ebulletin 141 ‘We can’t sit back and wait for 2015’ The results of last week’s shire council elections have dealt a clear blow to the Con/Dem Coalition’s austerity juggernaut, both parties losing seats in large numbers. However, the protest vote did not accrue overwhelmingly to the ‘official’ opposition – as has been the case in recent times. Rather, UKIP cut a sizeable slice of the protest vote, undoubtedly for its right-wing populism and dangerous immigration policy, trying to capitalise on real fears over jobs and housing. Trade unions and particularly their leading bodies should view this development with some […]

No. 140 Mayday – Still fighting for a shorter working week!

May 3, 2013 in Bulletins

NSSN ebulletin 140 MAY DAY is the traditional celebration of international working-class solidarity. Its origins lie in great struggles in the late 19th century and the martyrdom of workers’ leaders executed in Chicago in 1887. DAVE NELLIST, a member of the NSSN anti-cuts committee, explains the fighting origins of May Day. As relevant today as it has been in the past. WORKERS HAD long struggled for shorter hours. In England women and children were granted the ten-hour day in 1847. French workers won the 12-hour day after the February 1848 revolution. In 1886 in America, 350,000 workers in more than […]

Bulletin 139 – Time to get your diaries out..

April 24, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

We’re supposed to be in the age of declining unions but if the TUC calls a 24 hour general strike, the young, the unorganised and the unemployed will join the unions.” RMT General Secretary Bob Crow closed the NSSN lobby of today’s (April 24th) TUC General Council, which saw up to 200 union member and activists chant “Name the date for a general strike!” It was apt that POA prison officers’ union leader Steve Gillan also addressed the lobby. It was his union’s motion 5 to last September’s TUC conference that called on the unions to consider the “practicalities of […]

No. 138 Wearing Red & Seeing Red – Lobby TUC

April 18, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

It’s sad when someone dies but it was difficult not to celebrate or mark the death of Thatcher yesterday by wearing red or with action and discussion. As Thatcher ended her life in the extortionately priced Ritz hotel in London, it was revealed that she had also been given huge amounts of our money. And whilst care, social services & our NHS, which many other elderly people will need and use particularly at the end of their life, are being hammered, it particularly rubs salt into the wounds. An estimated £10million was paid out for yesterday’s funeral when we have […]

Bury Thatcher’s legacy – TUC must call a 24-hour general strike!

April 11, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

When people try to remember where they were when they heard that Maggie Thatcher had died, their reaction will tell us everything about her legacy – Cameron and Clegg’s austerity Britain. The millionaires, including two-thirds of the Cabinet, will think of the 5% tax cut they started to pocket on the first day of the new tax year. But 8 April was also the day the vicious axing of Disability Living Allowance was implemented, alongside April’s  other brutal changes that will attack the poor, the unemployed, and the disabled. If anything sums up Thatcher and her modern-day apostles it is […]

ConDems ratchet up class war – We need a GENERAL STRIKE!

April 4, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

ConDems ratchet up class war –  We need a GENERAL STRIKE! The beginning of this month marks a step change in Con-Dem attacks on all workers. Class war has been ratcheted up, with the charge cynically led by Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) on £134,000 a year and living in a rent-free mansion. New Coalition welfare rules will see the poorest face swingeing cuts; the disabled penalised even more; and to top it all, cuts to housing benefit for the “crime” of having a so-called spare bedroom will kick in. If they get away with all this then the next step […]

‘Serious attacks require serious action!’

March 28, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

As NUT conference is set to begin this weekend, we have given over the start of our bulletin to NSSN steering Committee Martin Powell-Davis (also NUT NEC) on the conference and important plans that need to be made to step up the fight against cuts. NUT Conference 2013 meets to debate how best to defend teachers at a time when our members, and education as a whole, are under fierce attack. The NUT has a huge responsibility to use our strength to push back a Government determined to drive through its agenda of cuts and privatisation. If teachers go out […]