Picketing reinstates sacked construction rep

July 27, 2015 in News, Protest

Ranks and file construction workers from the Blacklist Support Group and their supporters descended on the Canary Wharf HQ of Morgan Stanley this morning to protest the sacking of Unite rep Graham Boxall. The building is undergoing work by the electrical contractor Phoenix, a signatory to bargaining body the Joint Industry Board (JIB). However Phoenix are breaking national collective agreements. The firm had employed electricians through sub-contractor D&D, but JIB rules state that workers seeking to move onto direct employment and pay as you earn taxation have a right to do so. When Graham asked to be directly employed he […]

Defending health & safety: ‘We are in the fight of our lives!’

July 27, 2015 in News

In December 2012 16 year old Cameron Minshull of Bury, Greater Manchester, started work at Huntley Mount Engineering .  He was over the moon and his mum was so pleased she drove him to work every day.  Five weeks later he was dead, killed by the lathe he worked on. Cameron was untrained and unsupervised, over-dressed against the January cold in a freezing factory .  All the lathes had had their guards disabled, and Cameron’s sleeve had caught in the machinery, drawing him in and causing fatal head injuries. It’s rare for bosses to be sent to prison for health […]

Mick Cash joins NSSN rally line up at TUC Conference

July 24, 2015 in News

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will be joining the top table line up at our rally at this year’s TUC conference in Brighton. Mick will be joining fellow General Secretary Mark Serwotka of the PCS as one of the keynote speakers, a great boost for the aims of the rally and lobby. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and it’s affiliated trade unions to organise a demonstration when the Tories debate their trade union bill in Parliament. The lobby will also push for preparations to begin for mass […]

Mark Serwotka to speak at NSSN lobby of TUC Conference

July 23, 2015 in News

The NSSN are pleased to announce that PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka will be speaking at our rally at this year’s TUC conference in Brighton. The rally will be part of a lobby called by the NSSN. We will be calling on the TUC and it’s affiliated trade unions to organise a demonstration when the Tories debate their trade union bill in Parliament. The lobby will also push for preparations to begin for mass co-ordinated strike action if the laws are passed. The rally will begin at 1PM on Sunday 13 September in the Charlotte Room of the Grand Hotel, […]

Car of Barnet Unison activist vandalised in anti-union attack

July 10, 2015 in News, Press Releases

We publish below a statement from Barnet Unison regarding the attack on John Burgess’s car. A hateful message was also attached. The NSSN gave its full support to the Barnet strike at our recent conference. A collection was taken at the conference with the money being split between Barnet Unison and a number of other ongoing strikes. We were pleased to have one of our supporters present this donation at the picket line on the 8th July and deliver a short message of support. We can report that the response of the public to the picket line from passers-by and motorists […]

Defend our unions in Coventry City Council

July 10, 2015 in News, Press Releases, Protest

Coventry City Council UNITE UNISON NUT NASUWT ATL Defend Our Unions   Our right to Trade Union support is being threatened! Proposals have been submitted on behalf of Labour controlled Coventry City Council that would significantly cut the amount of time that local union officers have to act on their members’ behalf, with many unions facing a greater than 50% reduction. This is an attack on the trade union movement locally and an attempt by the City Council to make it more difficult for the trade unions to defend their members and the public services in the City. These cuts […]

Victory for Kone Strikers!

June 1, 2015 in News

The escalation of strike action across the country by around 300 engineering service workers has thwarted attempts by bosses from Kone using a tracking system as a disciplinary tool.   The Finnish owned company were intent on using unreliable “spy in the cab” technology.  In one case the data showed that an engineer was supposed to have driven over 1000 miles in one day without refuelling!   Previously Kone management had walked away from negotiations, which had angered workers given that it was Kone who had approached ACAS in the first place.   The Unite rep from Gateshead’s Team Valley […]

Interview with sacked Crossrail worker

March 24, 2015 in News

Crossrail electrician and Unite the Union member Dan Collins was laid off by contractor Skanska after he raised a safety concern.   “I started work on Monday 9 February. They told me it was a three-year contract. A foreman showed me around – there was an abundance of work to do. He asked me if I didn’t mind working 12-hour days or weekends. On the Wednesday I noticed 16-inch wide boards lying across a metre-high elevated steel section, over which Labourers were carrying materials in and out of the area. The boards weren’t fixed down. Someone could slip off the board, […]

VIDEO Anti-Blacklisting campaigner arrested on Crossrail protest

March 19, 2015 in News

Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith was arrested on the peaceful protest of 40 construction workers and their supporters outside the Construction News Awards in the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane on last night. The protestors, who had a token stopping of the traffic, were highlighting the disgraceful sacking of workers on the Crossrail project for raising health and safety concerns. For example, this happened at Whitechapel where workers were ‘let go’ because they wanted torches attached to their helmets, yet days later 13 workers had falls because it was too dark! After a protest there on February 23rd there […]

Stop the Crossrail sackings!

March 3, 2015 in News

For the third Monday in succession, construction workers and their supporters held a protest outside a Crossrail site to demand that a worker sacked for raising safety issues be reinstated. Two weeks ago, protesters blocked the road outside the Bond Street site in London after an electrician was sacked after he had asked for a proper walkway with hand rails. During that protest, we got word that he had been out on fully paid ‘gardening leave’ while his union Unite waited for a meeting to discuss what job he would be put on http://shopstewards.net/2015/02/nssn-230-victory-protest-wins-reinstatement-of-crossrail-worker/ His ’employer’, an agency that is subcontracting […]