NSSN 377: Support the strikes & protests in #HeartUnions week

February 13, 2018 in Bulletins

  For the 3rd year, the TUC and the unions are using #HeartUnions week to highlight the role that unions can play. Supporters of the NSSN will be taking part in activities around the country, especially on two of the major themes – public sector pay and assisting the BFAWU in organising low-paid workers in McDonalds.   But we also appeal to all our supporters and affiliates to use this week to give support and solidarity to those workers currently taking industrial action. As usual, the NSSN bulletin contains information about many of the disputes taking place around the country. […]

M25 workers vote to strike for decent pay

January 30, 2015 in News

Up to 100 Unite members working on maintaining the M25 motorway have voted to strike by a majority of 97% in a dispute over two-tier contracts and union recognition.   The maintenance contract is with a consortium Connect Plus Services (CPS) that is headed by Balfour Beatty. Balfours are up to their normal cost cutting measures against workers, this time on the M25. With 25 years left to run on the contract, CPS wants workers, who are currently on two-tier contracts with some TUPE’d from local authority or Carillion contracts equalised down via taking away the TUPE agreement to the […]

213: National Solidarity Day Oct 10 for Care UK striking workers

October 8, 2014 in Bulletins

This Friday October 10, workers at Care UK in Doncaster will be taking their 81st day of strike action, reportedly a record in the care sector. The NSSN are supporting their call to make Friday a national day of solidarity. We call on all NSSN supporters, trade unionists and socialists to organise pickets and protests outside Care UK offices and those of Bridgepoint, the private equity firm that owns Care UK. Also, people can protest outside shops such as Fat Face and Pret a Manger which are owned by Bridgepoint. The London protest is at 12noon outside Care UK 29 […]

Blacklist companies in the dock

November 29, 2013 in News, Protest

Construction companies accused of blacklisting on an industrial scale were in the dock today at the Royal Courts of Justice. The High Court claim being brought by Guney, Clark & Ryan solicitors on behalf of nearly 100 claimants (Steve Acheson & others v Sir Robert McAlpine & others). The full list of defendant companies are: Sir Robert McAlpine, Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Costain, Laing, Kier Ltd, Skanska, Vinci, Taylor Woodrow and AMEC. Evidence from the Scottish Affairs Select Committee investigation into blacklisting has shown that the individuals who ran the blacklist were directors of these companies including Callum McAlpine, founding […]

Victory for 3 COSAS workers!

November 29, 2013 in News, Strikes

London Student newspaper has reported on IWGB members at UoL winning concessions following their hugely impressive 2 day strike. Workers employed for more than 3 months will get sick pay, and after 3 years 25 days annual holiday, 22 days for all other workers. The striking staff will also be able to join Balfour Beatty’s pension scheme. These concessions by UoL management to the workers’ demands put the outsourced staff in line with directly employed workers on holidays with similar sick pay rights. IWGB are celebrating the victory, but know they’ll have to continue to fight to ensure their demands […]

VIDEO: Congas on 3 COSAS picket line

November 28, 2013 in News, Strikes

Up to 100 staff, students, and their supporters joined the picket lines for the 2 day strike (27th-28th) at the University of London (UoL) organised by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). Outsourced workers employed by Balfour Beatty were joined by their IWGB colleagues employed directly by UoL. At UoL, IWGB organises overwhelmingly Colombian, Ecuadorian, and Bolivian workers super-exploited by Balfour Beatty. Workers on the ‘3 cosas’ strike made their demands clear, “SICK PAY, HOLIDAYS, PENSIONS NOW!’ was screamed outside UoL Senate House building. IWGB en masse tried to speak directly to UoL Vice-Chancellor Adrian Smith, who so […]