NSSN e-bulletin 157 – One Housing workers to strike again…& join the NSSN lobby of the TUC!

August 29, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

NSSN e-bulletin 157 – One Housing workers to strike again…& join the NSSN lobby of the TUC on Sept 8! Unite LE1111 housing workers at One Housing Group will strike for five days starting the 5th of September. Following a four year Pay freeze, One Housing Group management have decided to slash front line worker’s wages by up to 25%. Some of the most skilled and experienced staff will lose £8,000 per year. 180 housing association staff have shown their resolve in the fight against austerity and have given notice of their intention for a third round of strike action […]

NSSN e-bulletin 156 – Mass action can defeat Hunt’s NHS cuts!

August 22, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

In Lewisham in south London, triumphant health campaigners’ posters announce: “We’ve won! Justice for Lewisham Hospital.” Local people are celebrating a famous victory. This January health secretary Hunt tried to downgrade Lewisham hospital’s accident and emergency departments and its high risk obstetric department. On 31 July a high court judge ruled that Hunt did not have such legal powers. This was a victory for organised opposition to NHS cutbacks. Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign organised huge marches of 10,000+ last November and of 25,000 in January against this attack on a successful and popular hospital. NHS campaigners know that this isn’t […]

Bulletin 155 – Stop ambulance cuts & Defend Union Rights!

August 15, 2013 in Bulletins, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes, Video

NSSN e-bulletin 155 – “We will not be silenced!’ Stop ambulance cuts in Yorkshire and defend union rights! Request for support: “The campaign against cuts to patient safety via the use of unqualified staff and the de-recognition of Unite the Union at Yorkshire Ambulance Service continues. All Trades Councils have been written to requesting urgent action by Yorks & Humberside TUC. Please  email David Whiting [email protected] and ask him to justify the reduction in patient safety by using unqualified staff. We have learnt that Mr Whiting has a history of implementing cuts and thereby causing industrial unrest . He subsequently left the area […]

VIDEO: 7th Annual NSSN Conference

August 14, 2013 in News, Reports, Video

The National Shop Stewards Network’s 7th annual conference successfully brought together key activists, trade unionists and campaigners from struggles across the UK in a packed hall at the Camden Centre. Among the many topics for discussion and debate was the task of ending the ‘pause’ in struggle at the top of the trade movement and making the demand of a 24 hour general strike a reality. This discussion was given practical form by the action plan introduced by NSSN Chair Rob Williams and passed unanimously by the delegates present. The key points of the action plan were an NSSN rally […]

EBulletin 154- Zero tolerance for zero-hour contracts!!

August 7, 2013 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

  NSSN e-bulletin 154 – Zero tolerance for zero-hour contracts!! Zero-hour contracts have hit the headlines over the last week, with 24,000 (80%) of JD Wetherspoons staff and 20,000 (90%) of Sports Direct all on such contracts. Even Buckingham Palace and the Coalition Government use them! Zero-hour contracts offer no guarantee of hours or pay, and are regularly used to stop people organising at work. Many workers who do try to organise to improve their conditions have their hours cut as punishment. Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) has been campaigning against zero-hour contracts, with protests outside Sports Direct up and down […]

North West Unison reps demand action on pay

August 2, 2013 in News, Reports

On 24th July, UNISON’s Northwest Local Government Service Group Executive met for the first time since the  national acceptance of a 1% pay increase that our region rightly opposed and actively campaigned against. Historically, the majority of Northwest Branches have been loyal to our national leadership, but there was palpable anger in the room, which came out once the discussion turned to next year’s pay claim. Delegates from branches which represent the full spectrum of left to right politics in UNISON were in complete agreement that the 1% “deal” for 2013/14 was a disgrace and that we were demanding better […]

Bulletin 153 An Anti-Austerity Summer! (And a Hot Autumn?)

August 1, 2013 in Bulletins, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN EBULLETIN 153 An Anti-Austerity Summer! (And a Hot Autumn?) We might not all be wearing ‘magic shorts’ but we are getting straight to it this week:  Elected members from trades councils on TUCJCC have come on board with the NSSN to lobby TUC Congress. The Unemployed Workers Centres Combine are also supporting it. All these bodies support the maximum number of unions co-ordinating strike action with planned national strikes in autumn by NUT & NASUWT teachers unions after their rolling regional strikes. Meanwhile, CWU reps are meeting to discuss action against the privatisation of Royal Mail. There is tremendous […]

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. ;)

July 24, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. 😉 some more industrial action.. Following a spring of industrial action PCS will be spending the summer months consulting all of its branches on how to take its national campaign forward. In an escalation of the PCS national campaign in support of pay, pensions, jobs, privatisation, terms & conditions & union facility time PCS members were involved in what can only be described (at least metaphorically) as a ‘hot’ spring.  It started with a day of national industrial action on March 20, and continued with further group and national action […]

Bulletin 151 ‘Rings of Fire’

July 18, 2013 in Appeals, Protest, Reports, Strikes

FBU protest goes on NOW – 94% of the public opposes fire cuts in London – and yet the majority of the cuts are to go ahead! These are being piled on to the rest of the Con-Dems’ attacks on the working class, every service which workers rely upon, is under attack or being privatised. The FBU firefighters’ union, has won a reprieve for two of the twelve fire stations in London that Tory mayor Boris Johnson wanted to close. This was the result of months of community campaigning and an overwhelming vote in the public consultation. However, ten stations […]

Bulletin 150 – New Labour attacks trade unions

July 10, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

NSSN e-bulletin 150 New Labour attacks trade unions The major union news of the week has been the battle between New Labour and Unite over the role unions play in the Labour party. NSSN supporters and our sponsoring unions have differing views over the Labour link; some are affiliated to Labour, others have no party political affiliations while the RMT reiterated its support for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition at its recent AGM. What we can say is that New Labour was no friend of the trade unions in office and has promised to continue the ConDems austerity programme […]