NSSN Bulletin 147: A Tale of Two Disputes

June 20, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Press Releases, Protest, Reports, Strikes

  Strike action is taking place in a number of different area’s this week but it’s worthwhile reporting on two different disputes. The first is the dispute involving the Cityclean GMB members employed by Brighton and Hove City Council who have been ‘offered’ pay cuts. At a meeting of Brighton’s Policy and Resources Committee on 24th January 2013, Green and Conservative Councillors forced through a measure* which authorised Council officers to implement a ‘modernised pay and conditions package’. Since then Council officers have been in negotiations over the proposals with the recognised trade unions. At a meeting that took place […]

Solidarity with Turkey – new session at the NSSN conference

June 17, 2013 in Appeals, International, Reports

We are pleased to announce that we are organising an additional commission at our upcoming conference (details below). Martin Powell-Davies, NUT NEC member, and Steve Hedley, RMT Assistant General Secretary, have recently returned from Istanbul, Turkey as part of a trade union delegation organised by Daymer, a Turkish and Kurdish community organisation. There is a report of their visit on Martin Powell-Davies’ blog, available here. To hear more and discuss solidarity, come along to the session at the NSSN conference Solidarity with Turkey – eyewitness report With Martin Powell-Davies, Steve Hedley and Oktay Sahbaz, Daymer centre (speakers in a personal […]

NSSN Bulletin 146: Let’s Beat the Blacklist & Build a fighting Trade Union movement!

June 13, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN Bulletin 146: Let’s Beat the Blacklist & Build a fighting Trade Union movement! Last Monday night’s Panorama laid bare the realities of the employers’ use of blacklists to prevent trade unionists and campaigners working and organising against dangerous and illegal work practises. Among those interviewed were Howard Nolan, Roy Bentham and Frank Morris, victimised Crossrail worker since September 2012. They were able to vividly illustrate the realities and the effects of the blacklist on workers and their families. But now the unions are beginning to act against companies involved in the blacklist: GMB are campaigning against Carillion while Unite […]


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 […]

133 – “It’s not about making sense, it’s about making money”

March 14, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

The NHS starts our bulletin this week. On Saturday, there is likely to be a big demo in North London to defend Whittington Hospital (see below). Meanwhile, the ConDem attacks are coming into effect soon. Here is a brief piece from NSSN supporter Chris Moore: The Health and Social Care Act – it’s not about making sense, it’s about making money In April, the H&SCA comes into force in England; 65 years after the formation of the NHS, the Coalition government plan to pension it off. The government’s climb down over the act’s competition regulations is a success but the […]

Resisting Austerity in Europe & UK Sat 16th March

March 11, 2013 in International, Reports, Strikes

Please make every effort to attend the SERTUC  Fighting Austerity Conference as it was reported at the SERTUC EC that only 60 people had registered by yesterday.  Martin Powell-Davies is the Chair of the  Public Services Sub Committee of SERTUC and is the main organiser of this event (& NSSN Steering Committee).  Registration details below. SERTUC Public Services Committee & International Committee conference “Resisting Austerity in Europe and the UK” Saturday 16 March First session:  International crisis, international resistance with Fernando Mauricio Head of CGT Portugal International Dept, Marina Prentoulis/Andrew Burgin Greece, Paul Murphy MEP Ireland, Richard Howitt MEP. Chair Bernard Regan Second session:  Austerity […]

No. 132 It’s time for a united union fight for decent pay!

March 8, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Strikes

  NSSN ebulletin 132 International Women’s Day 2013: Women to the fore against austerity – “it’s high time for a united union fight for decent pay” Women internationally have fought to defend jobs and services and this has never been so important as we approach international women’s day this year.  All the gains that we have made are under attack. However women have also been at the forefront of standing up to defend public services as the majority of the workers in the public sector. And also campaigning in our communities against cuts as women recognise how important these services […]

Stop Evictions (Spain)

February 21, 2013 in International, Reports

STOP EVICTIONS CAMPAIGN GROWS IN SPAIN Thousands took to the streets of Zaragoza and other major cities across Spain at the weekend to protest against the ever-increasing numbers of evictions. Since the economic crisis began in 2008 many workers have lost their jobs and as unemployment benefits start to run out many people are unable to pay their mortgages. As a result there has been a huge wave of evictions of families from their homes. Currently around 500 evictions are taking place every day across Spain. A ‘Popular Legislative Initiative’ has been handed into the Congress by the national campaign groups […]

Bulletin 129 – “Sorry to break your heart, but we’re not signing!”

February 16, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

(Finally the website and email is back up & running. HUGE thanks to Pete M and others who helped sort this out. We have a bit of a back log of emails ect so bear with us or drop us a call for anything urgent, thanks) Unions are now producing their responses to the TUC’s consultation on the question of a general strike. There is still time for trade unionists to put pressure on their leaders to support the demand for a 24-hour general strike. The need for co-ordinated action against the bosses and their government grows larger every day. […]

NSSN weekly bulletin 125

January 17, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

NSSN BULLETIN NO. 124 Hardly have we set foot into the New Year than a barrage of attacks have rained down on workers. It’s as if bosses have acted quickly to get bad news done and dusted before workers have recovered from the festive season. Nearly 9,000 jobs have just gone in HMV, Jessops and Blockbusters, and including those companies like Comet that went bust before Christmas, then overall 16,700 jobs have been slashed in retail. Added to this over 1000 worker at the Honda plant in Swindon are facing mass redundancies. Local authorities like Birmingham and Manchester are adding […]