Tubeworker John Reid victimized over February strike (repost)

March 14, 2014 in Appeals, News, Strikes

John Reid, President of the RMT’s London Transport regional council, has been suspended from his work pending investigation following a complaint against him made while he was carrying out his lawful duties on the picket line in the February strike to defend jobs and ticket offices. A rumour has been started by persons unknown that John was arrested on the picket line and engaged in abusive behaviour. This is not the case. The NSSN extends it’s full support to John Reid. We urge our readers and supporters to send messages of support to the address below. Please send messages of support […]

Unprecedented response to legal aid cuts

March 7, 2014 in Protest, Strikes

Over two thousand legal professionals rallied at Parliament this morning as part of strike action against cuts to legal aid. Barristers, solicitors, paralegals and other professionals crammed into Old Palace Yard to hear speaker after speaker condemn the governments attack on access to legal aid. The loudest cheers were reserved for the speeches of Janis Sharp, mother of Gary McKinnon and Paddy Hill, one of the Birmingham Six. They had both suffered at the hands of the British Criminal Justice system. Legal aid was essential in both cases in overturning miscarriages of justice. Ian Lawrence, General Secretary of Probation Officers […]

“Historic” strike by Doncaster Care UK workers

March 6, 2014 in News, Protest, Strikes

“Historic is an over-used word” said Jim Bell, Unison full-time officer, “but it really is historic that Doncaster Care UK workers are striking 30 years on from the beginning of the miners’ strike. Then and now, we face the same type of employers, like the miners we have drawn a line in the sand in the face of a profiteer who thinks they can bully us into submission. Give yourselves and the miners of 84 a massive cheer.” With that the roof came off as 200 strikers and supporters got to their feet at Jim’s fitting introduction to the final […]

Unofficial walkout at Runcorn beats management

February 18, 2014 in News, Strikes

Report filed from a Runcorn TPS worker There was an unofficial walkout by construction workers at Runcorn thermal power station on Thursday in another dispute over safety issues on the site. During the storms on Wednesday a section of cladding from a flue stack blew off on the neighbouring Inios Chlor plant and the site was evacuated. On return to work on Thursday some workers refused to go onto the site due to concerns over site safety despite assurances from the Keppel Segers (K.S.), the company in overall charge on the site, that the site was safe for work. A […]

HE strike: rally at London Met Uni

February 7, 2014 in Protest, Strikes, Video

Taken from Reel News YouTube Channel Third day of national strike action for a decent pay rise and a living wage for all higher education workers. At a rally at London Metropolitan University, the pickets are joined by strikers from the tube strike, the strike at STEM 6 academy free school, and many others as the calls for more united, effective action across the unions increase.

NSSN 178 – Tubeworkers strike back! 1st day strike reports

February 5, 2014 in Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Strikes

READ 1ST DAY STRIKE REPORTS FROM NSSN WEBSITE   From Bob Crow RMT General Secretary to RMT members:- Dear Colleagues STRIKE ROCK SOLID! EVERY JOB MATTERS – DEFENDING JOBS ON LONDON UNDERGROUND The strike action that began last night has been rock solid and this has meant the London Underground network has effectively been closed down. This isn’t a boast but a fact which can leave LUL in no doubt of the determination of RMT members to put a stop to their disastrous plans to cut nearly 1000 jobs and close ticket offices. RMT members have spoken with their feet […]

Tube strike day 1: Reports from the picket lines

February 5, 2014 in News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Central London The strike began at Euston station with a pre-strike rally and speeches to the press. RMT London transport secretary and NSSN steering committee member John Reid chaired a line-up of trade union movement speakers: Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary; John Leach, RMT regional organiser; Chris Baugh, PCS assistant general secretary; Hugo Pierre, Camden Unison; Martin Powell-Davies, a member of the NUT executive; and David Ayrton from the GMB. Returning to Central London at 4:30am, we tooted and waved at TSSA pickets setting up at 4:30am as we drove to Kings Cross. “Its guerrilla tactics today” said a […]

VIDEO: NSSN supporters report from Tube picket line

February 5, 2014 in News, Strikes, Video

Thousands of workers on London Underground began the first full day of strike action this morning at 5:30AM. NSSN supporters were active in the strike itself and bringing support and solidarity to the picket lines across the city. The following two videos are from NSSN supporters, one of whom was on strike, from the Acton Town depot picket line.

Royal Opera House cleaners beat low pay

February 4, 2014 in News, Strikes

From the IWGB Victory over poverty pay

Unite Yorkshire Ambulance workers fight derecognition

February 3, 2014 in News, Strikes

On Saturday 1st February, Unite members in the Yorkshire Ambulance Service took part in a further 24 hour strike as part of their long-running dispute. Unite members outside the Wakefield depot remained determined in their fight to force the trust to re-recognise the union and stop the savage cuts which are currently taking place. Meanwhile, more Unison members, frustrated at the unions continued inaction in opposing the cuts, the latest being attacks on lunch breaks, are going over to Unite. Terry Cunliffe, Unite Regional Officer, spoke to an NSSN supporter: “My understanding of the position of Unison is that regionally […]