Bulletin 108

September 13, 2012 in Bulletins

Following what was described by one observer as the best debate she had ever witnessed at a TUC congress, union delegates voted overwhelmingly for ‘motion 5′, moved by the POA union (prison officers) in favour of a general strike against the government’s austerity. Although the wording of the motion qualified the general strike call, arguing for “coordinated action where possible with far reaching campaigns including the consideration and practicalities of a general strike”, the sentiment and motivation behind it was made clear by the speakers in favour. They pointed to the brutal attacks being made by the Con-Dem government and […]

NSSN Bulletin 107

September 6, 2012 in Bulletins

From Sunday the TUC holds its 2012 congress. So divided is the Con-Dem coalition that at times it seems a strong gust of wind could blow them over as they argue over a third runway at Heathrow or House of Lords reform. Yet this is the government that has implemented billions of pounds worth of cuts, sacked 400,000 public sector workers, trebled tuition fees and much, much more. If they stagger on in office for the full term, the remaining 80% of the austerity measures they threaten could follow, further decimating working class people’s lives. As the Tories shuffle round the table, […]

NSSN Bulletin 106

August 31, 2012 in Bulletins

106 — For decent, affordable, accessible sport, housing, jobs & welfare! This week the attention turns from the Olympics to the Paralympics. Traditionally a much smaller event but this year is set to benefit from the coverage of the Olympics. We will all enjoy the games and what can be done, but for disabled people life outside the games is very different and outrageously getting worse. For some who are competing in this year’s games they will be affected by cuts to disability benefit, welfare, housing, transport and the NHS That for me is a disgrace and no way to […]

NSSN Bulletin 105

August 23, 2012 in Bulletins

Trade unionists in Britain have been stunned by the scenes of slaughter on our TV sets from the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa. For many veterans of the anti-Apartheid movement it was all too reminiscent of the massacres in Sharpeville and Soweto. But this horror turned very quickly to anger when the reports came through that 34 striking miners were killed by the police and 78 injured for just fighting for a decent living wage. As one miner said on the news “We can’t live on this money.” To add insult to injury, the owners of the mine Lonmin […]

NSSN Bulletin 104

August 20, 2012 in Bulletins

I passed the newsagents this morning and saw the Daily Mirror headline – “Britain’s 20 most wanted tax dodgers”. I thought what’s this? Is the government of the rich going to finally expose their fat cat friends? But I didn’t recognise anyone on the front page. True to form, while we don’t condone tax dodging of millions of pounds, and these 20 are responsible for £700 million being lost – its a drop in the ocean compared to the £120 billion avoided and evaded by the super-rich and the corporations – much of it legally! PCS’s ‘Tax Justice’ campaign has […]

NSSN Bulletin 103

August 9, 2012 in Bulletins

It’s official. Making young people work for nothing is NOT slavery! Last week, a high court judge dismissed the case of a post-graduate, who had contested being forced to sweep floors and stack shelves 5 hours a day 5 days a week in Poundland without pay in order not to lose her Job Seekers Allowance – her only source of income. He said that this government initiative was in no way to be compared to the colonial oppression of empire. Iain Duncan Smith, Tory Secretary of State for “slavery and pension cuts”, piled in too, rubbishing this courageous young woman’s […]

NSSN Bulletin 102

August 2, 2012 in Bulletins

As Olympics fever grips some of the nation, many trying to put out of their minds what will happen after the £9 billion jamboree. Remember, just 15% of the total cuts programme has been implemented, the economy is stuck in a recession and the eurozone crisis is still rumbling, so there is sadly, plenty more austerity for us to face. Some workers have still been fighting back, like the London Underground cleaners and National Gallery staff, right up to the start of the Games. What we have to do is co-ordinate all the protests into a unified campaign for a […]

NSSN Bulletin 101

July 29, 2012 in Bulletins

Watching the odd swish car and coach race down the 30 miles of super fast lanes that have been assigned for the Olympics, shows what can be done, if a city and its representatives decide to plan to change things.  It just depends on who that the plan is for, and again its for the mainly the rich.  We might well have decided to ensure those taking part should be able to get about at some speed, but perhaps we would have also ensured more accessible and affordable transport for all? Cheaper ticket prices? Not sponsored by murdering multinationals like […]

NSSN Bulletin 100

July 20, 2012 in Bulletins

20 July 2012 Yes, we’ve made it to 100! Just a few weeks after the 6th annual NSSN conference – the 100th ebulletin. The NSSN is now a fixture in the union movement – building the rank & file since 2006, when we were initiated by the RMT. Big thanks to our supporting national unions RMT, PCS, POA, NUM, CWU and NUJ plus many other union branches, shop stewards committees, trades councils and the thousands of stewards, reps, activists and all those in the union & anti-cuts movements, young and old who support the NSSN. We hope you’ve found our weekly […]