NSSN 612: Strike wave escalates with November 30th walkout

November 29, 2022 in Bulletins

This Wednesday is yet another significant day of co-ordinated strike action. CWU members in Royal Mail will be taking further action, and for the 3rd time they will be out on the same day as UCU members in higher education. And for the first time, the NEU will be out in 77 Sixth Form Colleges. During December, nurses will be taking action alongside more strikes in Royal Mail and on the railways. Last week, the strike by the EIS union effectively closed down the schools in Scotland. With successful strike votes and ongoing ballots in most areas of the public […]

NSSN 611: Strike wave grows as Tories unleash further austerity

November 20, 2022 in Bulletins

Hunt’s Autumn Statement is a further tightening of the cost of living squeeze that is crippling workers as inflation jumps to over 14%. Workers’ living standards are facing the biggest drop since the Second World War. But workers are fighting back, with the most widespread strike wave for decades, across all sectors. This is the answer to the offensive of the employers and their Tory government. Alongside a growing number of localised strikes, public sector unions are balloting members and calling action and in key national disputes, the CWU has escalated their strikes, and the RMT has won a new […]

610: Liverpool dockers win as strike wave spreads to public sector

November 15, 2022 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity and congratulations to Unite and its members at Peel Ports in Liverpool, who have secured an inflation-busting pay deal after taking strike action over nearly two months. At the same time, the growing strike wave is spreading to the public sector. Just days after the UCU announced that its members have voted for strike action in higher education, NEU, EIS, PCS and the RCN have all had industrial action ballots voting for action. In addition, FBU members have voted to reject the employers’ pay offer and will be moving to a strike vote. And unions […]

NSSN 609: UCU calls national strike in HE

November 8, 2022 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends solidarity to the UCU as it calls a national strike involving 70,000 of its members in higher education. UCU members have already been taking action in further education. These strikes come as unions in the public sector join the rising strike wave, with other education unions launching industrial action ballots. In addition, PCS will be announcing the result of its industrial action ballot on Thursday, while workers in the NHS are also voting for action, and the FBU are holding a consultative ballot on pay. The NSSN stands with all workers and their unions taking action against […]

NSSN 608: Join this week’s #ToriesOut demonstrations

October 31, 2022 in Bulletins

The NSSN is mobilising for the two demonstrations this week against the Tories, the cost of living crisis and their plans for further union restrictions. New Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who was Boris Johnson’s Chancellor, will also look to make workers and their families pay for the crisis. We face massive austerity and the threat of even more anti-union laws to try and stop us taking action we need to keep a roof over our heads as the cost of living squeeze tightens. The threat of legal action by Royal Mail against action by the CWU is another stark reminder […]

607: Turn TUC lobby Parliament into #ToriesOut demo!

October 24, 2022 in Bulletins

The Tories are imploding. Truss has been forced out, triggering another leadership election. But new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who was Boris Johnson’s Chancellor, will also look to make workers and their families pay for the crisis. We face massive austerity and the threat of even more anti-union laws to try and stop us taking action we need to keep a roof over our heads as the cost of living squeeze tightens. The TUC has organised a lobby of parliament on Wednesday 2nd November. The NSSN believes that this must now be turned into a mass ‘Tories Out’ midweek demonstration, […]

NSSN 606: Tories in crisis – mobilise to kick them all out!

October 18, 2022 in Bulletins

The Tories are hanging by a thread after Truss was forced to sack Kwarteng as Chancellor. She may be in office (for now) but not in power, as new Chancellor Hunt seemingly takes the reins in tandem with the likes of Mordaunt. NHS workers have long memories about Hunt after his time as Health Minister. His first act has been to promise a new austerity offensive. The NSSN held a successful ‘Action Summit’ on Sunday in Brighton, just days before the trade unions meet there for the delayed TUC Congress. NSSN Chair Rob Williams called for Congress to mobilise the […]

NSSN 605: Come to NSSN pre-TUC Congress Action Summit this Sunday

October 12, 2022 in Bulletins

NSSN pre-TUC Congress Action Summit this Sunday – 1pm 16th October Holiday Inn Brighton Facebook event. For transport details, email [email protected] Let us know if your union/organisation would like a stall at our event It is a hybrid event – to allow those who can’t make it to Brighton to take part online. Zoom details:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88529269348 Meeting ID: 885 2926 9348 The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has rearranged its pre-TUC congress event to Sunday 16 October, to set out a fighting programme for the reconvened TUC Congress. The events of the last few weeks make this even more important. Truss’s Tory […]

NSSN 604: Tory U-Turn shows they can be defeated #StrikeTogether

October 5, 2022 in Bulletins

Last weekend saw mass strikes and big solidarity protests in many towns and cities, including on Sunday at the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham. Last Saturday, the escalating strike wave saw its biggest day of action so far. There is fury that in the midst of the spiralling cost of living crisis, Truss’s Tory Government brings in a giveaway budget to the rich at the expense of workers and their families. But we can chalk up one quick victory with the U-Turn on the abolishing of the 45p tax rate. As with the energy price cap, this retreat is because […]

NSSN 603: Support the October 1st strikes & protests

September 28, 2022 in Bulletins

This coming Saturday, the strike wave will have its biggest impact so far. 115,000 CWU members in Royal Mail (who are also out the day before) will be joined on the picket lines by over 50,000 rail workers in RMT, Aslef, TSSA and Unite.  And 1st October will also see 2,500 Unite dockers in Liverpool and Felixstowe in the midst of their weeks of action. These strikes will be taking place during ten days of action being taken by UCU members in 26 further education colleges, as well as rolling action by Unison members in over 20 universities. Also, the […]