FBU strike over pensions 12-4 Today

September 25, 2013 in Appeals, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Full support from the NSSN on the FBU strike today in England & Wales. Please visit picket lines, wave, honk your support! (Leyton Picket via Suz B & wee James) As Martin Powell-Davies NSSN steering committee (& NUT NEC member) puts it: ‘ It’s hard enough to be expected to teach at 60+ – even harder to put out a school on fire!  If we can’t work to our full pension age, they’ll rob even more from our pensions through “early” retirement or pushing us out through ‘capability’. So solidarity to the FBU for their action today, then all out together […]

Bulletin 160: Unofficial Action of Unison Glasgow Housing wins!

September 18, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

BREAKING NEWS – Glasgow city council homeless work team walked out in unofficial action to support a suspended member over and over caseloads. “Members walked out on Friday  and more stayed off work yesterday.’ Following a meeting with all Unison members on unofficial strike action this morning it was unanimously agreed to return to work at 1.30pm today. This was on the grounds that the suspended member of staff was reinstated with no disciplinary action being taken and that the outstanding grievance (which has now changed to a collective grievance of all homeless casework teams) will be progressed as a matter of urgency. […]

Mass Protest at Hovis this morning & Strike Fund Needed

September 18, 2013 in Appeals, News, Reports, Strikes

 Mass protest at the Hovis bakery in Wigan on 18 September blocked the delivery trucks from leaving the plant for hours, for the second time in three days. Bakers are on strike against Hovis bosses’ attempts to casualise the workforce and drive down pay, conditions and job security. Hovis tried to enforce zero-hour contracts through directly-employed staff. The first 7-day strike led to that being withdrawn and those affected given full-time permanent jobs. The current 7-day strike is because now Hovis wants to use agency staff, which the bakers’ Bfawu union suspects are simply zero-hour contracts by the back door. Despite […]

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 […]

Wigan bakers begin second 7 day strike

September 11, 2013 in Appeals, Reports, Strikes

Hundreds of bakers in Wigan, Lancashire, are mounting a second 7-day strike against casualisation and need your support with messages, donations, and on the forthcoming demonstration. Members of the Bfawu union have been fighting against Hovis management’s attempts to enforce huge pay cuts and make the workforce easy to sack. The first 7-day strike clearly had a big effect. Trucks were leaving the Hovis plant half-empty and delayed, which will not have impressed the shops and supermarkets which Hovis is meant to be supplying. Round-the-clock pickets demonstrated the workers’ commitment, and as a result management have partially retreated, but this […]

Video of successful NSSN lobby of TUC congress

September 10, 2013 in Protest, Reports

NSSN lobby of TUC: “All out together in November!”

September 9, 2013 in Protest, Reports

Report from Martin Powell-Davies, NUT NEC member (in a personal capacity) It was a real privilege for me to be the opening speaker today at a rally addressed by leading members of some of the most determined trade unions in Britain. Above, short video of the vibrant lobby and rally. Below, pics of packed audience and Bob Crow addressing rally. The rally, organised by the National Shop Stewards Network, was held to bring together trade unionists who want to see this week’s Trade Union Congress build for mass co-ordinated trade union action and for a 24-hour General Strike to oppose the […]

Prison officers take action against prison closures and overcrowding

September 5, 2013 in News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Around 100 POA members at HMP Leeds held a gate meeting this morning, Thursday 5th September, to discuss yesterdays announcement of the government regarding the prison estate including the news that 4 prisons will close by the end of the financial year. The four prisons are HMPs Northallerton, Blundeston, Dorchester and Reading. As Richard Chamberlain, POA Branch Chair at HMP Leeds, pointed out when he introduced the meeting, the effect of these closures will be to worse the growing problem of overcrowding. Most prisons are operating way above their Certified Normal Accomodation (CNA), for example HMP Leeds has a CNA […]

NSSN e-bulletin 158 – Stop cuts – Demand united action – Lobby the TUC for a 24-hour general strike (Sunday 8th September)

September 4, 2013 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Video

it would be nuts not to begin without congratulating Frank Morris, sacked electrician and all those involved in supporting the campaign for his re-instatement.  The NSSN has been a longstanding practical supporter with Frank Morris and against blacklisting! (More later in the bulletin and BSG report is already on the website). We have handed over this weeks bulletin narrative to Martin Powell-Davies, Member of the NUT teachers’ union executive and the NSSN steering committee argues FOR a general strike, but Now back to Martin: I might be a physics teacher but it doesn’t take rocket science to work out why the trade union […]

Blacklist Beaten – Frank Morris reinstated on Crossrail

September 3, 2013 in Protest, Reports, Strikes

FANTASTIC NEWS FROM THE BLACKLIST SUPPORT GROUP! Congrats to Frank and everyone involved in this campaign and the wider campaign against blacklisting and trade union rights. (Below is a report from the Blacklist support group) Blacklisted UNITE union shop steward Frank Morris is returning to work on the Crossrail project on 9th September. This is a massive victory, not just for UNITE but the whole of the trade union movement. Frank Morris came to symbolise the struggle the unions are waging against the illegal blacklist of their members by major construction firms after he was dismissed last September. His reinstatement […]