PETITION: Acquit the workers of Las Heras Oil Refinery

February 3, 2014 in Appeals, International, News

Reposted from the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth Internationl website We, the undersigned, condemn the sentences handed out to nine workers of the Las Heras oil refinery in Santa Cruz province, Argentina by the Caleta Olivia Criminal Court on December 13. Four of them, one of whom was a minor at the time, have been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of killing police officer Jorge Sayago in 2006. The remaining five have been sentenced to five years, charged with ‘aggravated coercion’. No evidence of their guilt was produced at the trial and they were convicted on the basis […]

NSSN 174 – Happy New Year…the resistance has already started in 2014!

January 8, 2014 in Bulletins, International, News

2014 has started in the same way as 2013 ended – yet more stories on an almost daily basis about the economic catastrophe facing working people. Food banks, pay-day loan shark companies, bedroom tax, living standards slashed, yet Osborne claims that another £25billion cuts has to be found…and it has to come yet again from the poorest in society, while the rich continue to prosper.   But just as last year ended with a swathe of strikes, we have already seen action this year – PCS members were on strike on New Year’s Eve and January 2nd! And the fantastic […]

INTERVIEW: Portuguese posties fight privatization

December 3, 2013 in International, News, Protest, Strikes

João Isqueiro is member of Executive of SNTCT – The Portuguese Postal and Telecommunication Workers National Union spoke to Francisco Raposo on behalf of the NSSN Francisco Raposo – Postal workers from CTT – Portuguese public company of postal services – are involved in a struggle process for a long time now. Can you describe the key issues of your struggle? João Isqueiro – In response to the first question, postal workers’ struggle takes on two equally important dimensions: one concerning all citizens, which assumes the defence of the public postal service and another one concerning the workers in particular, defending the […]

NSSN166 – Support UCU, Unison & Unite members strikers

October 31, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

31 October will be a day of coordinated strike action by UCU, Unison and Unite members working in Universities. This is the first UK-wide joint action between these Higher Education unions, demonstrating the anger that their members feel about the employers’ insulting 1% pay increase. Even pro-capitalist commentator Will Hutton, writing in the Observer notes that “The real wages of academics have fallen by 13% since 2008, one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has suffered since the Second World War.” This is despite the scandalously high fees charged to students, which have subsidised lavish pay at the […]

NSSN 165 Support the Grangemouth workers!

October 23, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN 165 Support the Grangemouth workers! The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support to the workers at the refinery against the scandalous scare tactics of Ineos. Our supporters attended the rally at the plant on Sunday read report from NSSN website Events are moving quickly with this morning, Ineos announcing the closure of the petrochemical works on the site with the loss of up to 800 jobs. The effective lock-out at the oil refinery is still continuing. This means that all trade unionists have to step up their support and solidarity, particularly if the workers decide to occupy the site. We salute […]

164 – “We’re ALL under attack – so let’s strike together in November”

October 15, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Video

NSSN E-Bulletin 164  “We’re ALL under attack – so let’s strike together in November”  Last Saturday October 12th, I attended a Steering Committee meeting of the NSSN*, the National Shop Stewards Network, at the RMT’s National HQ. The Steering Committee brings together representatives from trade unions right across the public and private sector to discuss how we can support each other’s disputes, develop a network across the movement and provide individual stewards with support. As you would expect, everyone there wished teachers well for the regional strike action on Thursday this week. The news that NHS workers might not even […]

‘Nothings got worse since austerity took hold’ – Really?!

October 11, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

A BBC survey purported to show that over 40% of those interviewed had not noticed a change to local government services since austerity took hold. Some even thought services had improved! Yet we all know of closures to libraries, swimming pools, reduced council facilities and the rest. Even the BBC website has stories from leading councillors believing councils will run out of money (‘Budget cuts could make councils ‘go bust’ says senior councillor’ here ‘Councils in England and Wales have “run out of money and the system is bust”, said the head of the Local Government Association’ here Liverpool mayor claims ‘city could be bankrupt […]

162 It’s make your mind up time

October 3, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Video

Our economy, our society, welfare, schools all reformed, all rebuilt with one aim, one mission in mind – to make this country at long last, and for the first time ever, a land of opportunity for all.” Cameron’s speech to Conservative Party conference confirms that he and the Tory Party faithful minority of 137,000 members, live in a parallel universe to the vast majority in society. Britain may be a ‘land of opportunity’ for the super-rich but it has been on the basis of making an increasing number of people endure a living hell. The Tory ‘rebuilding’ is actually code for […]

Bulletin 161: STRIKE to SAVE OUR NHS!

September 26, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN BULLETIN 161 Before we start this weeks bulletin planned to coincide with the NHS protest in Manchester at Tory conference this weekend, we would like to extend our support to FBU in England & Wales, on their action against pension cuts yesterday, photos and more on our website now. If the FBU dispute continues members and reps from all unions should provide guidance for workplaces and reps to demand an updated Risk Assessment. Is it safe to work or provide the services in these circumstances? See some RMTguidance here & see some myth busting ‘How generous are firefighters pensions’Read more STRIKE TO SAVE OUR NHS! The National Shop Stewards […]

Get Planning for November – NSSN Lobby of the TUC

September 12, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Uncategorized, Video

When we arrived in Bournemouth, I really felt like just getting my shoes off and feeling the sand between my toes and listen to the waves rush towards me.. But me and 8 other members, mostly reps, of our Unite LE1111 branch chose to join the NSSN rally & lobby the TUC for co-ordinated action.(Have a look at the short but excellent video of the indoor rally and outdoor protest, well worth watching & SHARING (Click here to the Video) It’s not that we haven’t got enough to do, but it’s precisely because we have so much on fighting dispute after […]