545: United action against the Tories on public sector pay

July 27, 2021 in Bulletins

Public sector workers, headed by those in the NHS and education, are rightly furious after the Tories finally made their pay announcements. The 3% to be awarded to NHS staff, who have been on the front line risking their lives during Covid, is nowhere near what has been lost over the last decade. That’s why many health workers have been demanding 15%. But to rub salt in to the wounds, this rise must come out of the existing NHS budget. This means brutal cuts on top of all the Tory austerity we’ve already had. It’s even worse for teachers, with […]

NSSN 544: NSSN meeting – Stop the Freeports Race to the Bottom

July 19, 2021 in Bulletins

NSSN 544: NSSN meeting – Stop the Freeports Race to the Bottom – 7.30pm Wednesday 21 July Facebook event The Tories have announced their plan for 8 new Freeports, allegedly to boost jobs. But correctly unions have flagged up the dangers of bosses using them to attack trade union agreements that protect workers’ pay, terms and conditions and pensions. The NSSN agreed at our annual conference in June to assist with initiatives in opposing more attacks on workers, on top of the fire and rehire offensive that we are currently seeing. We are looking at a public national event in […]

NSSN 543: Support the Bexley Bin Strike

July 13, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN headlines this week’s bulletin with the strike by refuse workers in Bexley Council. This is the third Unite dispute with outsourcing company Serco in the last few weeks, along with traffic wardens in Ealing as well as catering workers at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, who are closing in on successful resolution. We were on the Bexley picket on the first day of their two week strike and will continue to support the workers’ action. They are taking confidence from the recent victory of bin workers at Thurrock, another Tory-controlled council. We also call for an end […]

NSSN 542: Strike victories show fighting unions vital

July 6, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity and congratulations to members of Unite and NEU after their members won important victories after both sets of workers took week-long strike action. This shows again that organised fighting unions are the most important protection workers can have to defend their livelihoods and keep themselves and their families safe. This is essential as the Tories announce their plan to lift Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite infections rising again. Whatever the Government says, unions need to demand that agreed safety procedures and protections in the workplace must remain in place as long as the risk […]

NSSN 541: Support NHS Day of Action this Saturday July 3rd

June 29, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN is supporting this Saturday’s NHS Anniversary events, which will see protests and demonstrations organised in many towns and cities for an NHS pay rise, patient safety and an end to privatisation. The day of action has been called by health workers, unions, trades councils and health campaigning organisations such as Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together, NHS Workers Say No and NHS Staff Voices. We support the demand for a pay rise of 15% for health and social care workers. They risked their lives in the pandemic and deserve 15% not the 1% Tory pay insult. The NSSN gives our full […]

540: NSSN Conference says “fight back against bosses’ offensive!”

June 22, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN Conference last Sunday brought together about 200 union reps, members and activists to discuss how to take on the increasing offensive of the employers and their Tory government. NSSN chair Rob Williams promised the continued support of the NSSN to all workers taking action. Jared Wood from the NEC of the RMT, the union that initiated the NSSN 15 years ago, spoke about the ‘tsunami’ of cuts facing transport workers, with railworkers already taking action on Scotrail, Caledonian Sleeper and East Midlands Railway. Dave Smith from the Blacklist Support Group described the victory of the Sparks against de-skilling […]

NSSN 539: Sparks defeat de-skilling!! #No2ESO

June 14, 2021 in Bulletins

Come to NSSN Conference 2021 – 11am Sunday 20 June Come to this year’s annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network, which this year will be online on Zoom. Take part in the discussion with other trade union reps, activists and members. This will include how we keep our workplaces safe and how we fight the Tory and bosses offensive: fire and rehire, the public sector pay freeze and Johnson’s attack on our right to protest, strike and picket, as well as stopping union victimisation. If you are in dispute or want to discuss how to fight back – […]

NSSN 538: Support JDE coffee workers fighting ‘fire & rehire’

June 8, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin leads with yet another group of workers taking brave and determined action against ‘fire and rehire’ to impose huge cuts to their income. The Unite members at Jacobs Douwe Egberts in Banbury need the support of the whole union movement as management issue dismissal notices. Solidarity! Email messages of support and donate to the hardship fund via [email protected] Follow #Banbury300 @Banbury3001 on twitter Dismissal notices for Banbury coffee workers over ‘fire and rehire’ plans branded as ‘corporate gangsterism’ by Unite – The decision by JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts) in Banbury to issue dismissal notices today (Wednesday […]

537: Come to NSSN Conference 2021 – 11am Sunday 20 June

June 2, 2021 in Bulletins

Come to this year’s annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network, which this year will be online on Zoom. Take part in the discussion with other trade union reps, activists and members. This will include how we keep our workplaces safe and how we fight the Tory and bosses offensive: fire and rehire, the public sector pay freeze and Johnson’s attack on our right to protest, strike and picket, as well as stopping union victimisation. The Zoom details for the conference are:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931358284 Meeting ID: 839 3135 8284   Sparks force bosses to talk after blockading AWE to stop de-skilling […]

536: Thurrock bin workers defeat Tories & Hovis, Metroline wins

May 24, 2021 in Bulletins

Last week, the NSSN celebrated the tremendous victory by Unite bus workers in Manchester against ‘Fire and Rehire’. This week, we are able to salute three further welcome wins by Unite and the BFAWU. Binworkers in Thurrock, Essex have defeated the Tory Council’s attack on their income after an indefinite 6-week strike. Also, striking Hovis workers in Belfast have won an improved pay offer, while bus drivers in West London have forced back Metroline’s attempt to introduce remote sign-on after workers were due to start a series of strikes. As with the Manchester win, these and the other victories being […]