NSSN 562: Support the RMT Night Tube strike

November 23, 2021 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s bulletin with the strike called by the RMT on London Underground from this Friday 26th November. Please support the action To make donations to the hardship fund – account details: account name – Terence O’Neill; sort code: 60-83-71 account number: 89481380 or send cheques to RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD RMT Night Tube action goes ahead – RMT says action goes ahead over imposition of impossible and unreasonable demands on staff in advance of Night Tube reopening. TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed today (22 Nov) that action goes ahead by members over […]

NSSN 561: Join the NHS protests

November 16, 2021 in Bulletins

Over the next two weeks, there are a number of protests by NHS workers and health campaigners as unions ballot their members on NHS pay at the same time as the Tory Government moves on with their Health and Care Bill. March with Midwives: 2pm Sunday 21st November – details of local protests here. “Our Mission is to stand in solidarity as parents, maternity users, lay birth workers and healthcare professionals in a call for government action to address the urgent crisis in maternity services” Protest to oppose the Health and Care Bill outside Parliament: 5pm Monday 22nd November – […]

NSSN 560: Workers keep striking back!

November 10, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN weekly bulletin continues to report on the growing number of disputes, many of them resulting in victories. Workers are taking action to stop brutal attacks from the employers such as privatisation and outsourcing and the sinister use of ‘fire and rehire’ – including at Weetabix in the East Midlands and Clarks in the South West. Increasingly, workers are striking to get badly needed pay rises after years of wage cuts. Binworkers are on the picket line from Glasgow to Sandwell and Sheffield and busworkers are on strike in Wales and the North East. We are also seeing industrial […]

553: GKN workers all out strike to save Birmingham plant

September 21, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity to the workers at the GKN Drivelines factory in Erdington Birmingham, who start all out indefinite strike action next Monday to save the plant. Send messages of support and donations to the strike hardship fund to the Unite convenor Frank Duffy [email protected] The NSSN argues that in order to save and defend communities, plants should be nationalised and taken into public ownership. Frank explains what’s at stake in this article that he has done for the Guardian (‘We tried to transition to green jobs, but the bosses are closing our car factory down’ Sept 20) […]

552: NSSN TUC Rally: ‘Council of Action’ against Tories & bosses

September 14, 2021 in Bulletins

Over 300 attended the online 12th annual NSSN TUC Rally on Sunday 12th September. There was a fantastic exchange of ideas from all levels of the union movement, sending the clear message to TUC Congress, which is meeting virtually this week – that the fight needs to be stepped up against the offensive of the employers and their Tory government. We heard fighting speeches from Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary, Dave Ward CWU General Secretary, Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary, Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker. We also […]

551: NSSN lobbies TUC Sunday to fight Tory & bosses offensive

September 7, 2021 in Bulletins

NSSN TUC Rally 12pm Sunday September 12th online via Zoom Facebook event Zoom details:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86116774093?pwd=OVNvZldISGozKzd6U0QvL1hBWEI3Zz09 Meeting ID: 861 1677 4093     Passcode: NSSN2021 Due to Covid, both the TUC and our rally will again be virtual this year. This will be the 12th successive year that we have lobbied the TUC for the fighting programme that is needed by workers. Confirmed speakers so far: Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary, Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary (Designate), Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker.  We will also be having an […]

550: Unite GS Sharon Graham to speak at NSSN TUC Rally

August 31, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN is pleased to announce that newly-elected Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham has agreed to address our annual rally before the start of TUC Congress. It is from 12pm on Sunday September 12th. Sharon spoke at the 2019 NSSN Conference in her then capacity as Unite’s Executive Officer for Organising and Leverage, explaining the union’s strategy for winning industrial disputes. Sharon is the latest confirmed speaker so far, alongside Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary, Carmel Gates NIPSA General Secretary (Designate), Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary and Joe Kirby RMT NEC & offshore worker.  We will also be having an open […]

549: Unite activists protest in fight for motor way workers’ sick pay

August 24, 2021 in Bulletins

Last Wednesday 18 August, the NSSN joined a protest by Unite activists in support of key workers, employed by construction company Kier, who keep the South East’s motorway network operational held a protest at the company’s offices, due to the refusal to pay them sick pay. Video from Reel News: Kier, End the discrimination on sick pay – UNITE activists protested outside both Kier and Highways England offices, occupying one office until the police were called. Action will continue until Kier stop this discriminatory practice and pay everyone the same sick pay Unite regional officer Malcom Bonnett said: “Kier’s workers […]

NSSN 548: Support the summer strikes!

August 17, 2021 in Bulletins

The summer months are supposed to be a ‘quiet period’ for the union movement. But as regular readers of this NSSN bulletin will know, that isn’t the case this year. Workers are fighting back against the Tory and bosses’ offensive – fire and rehire, public sector pay insults and union victimisation. The NSSN will continue to highlight these disputes and help build support and solidarity for them. We will give a platform to them at our rally on September 12th to lobby TUC Congress. Support the strikes and protests!   NSSN TUC Rally 2021 – 12pm Sunday September 12th At […]

NSSN 546: Support the RMT strikes

July 31, 2021 in Bulletins

This week, we headline the NSSN bulletin with the wave of strike action being taken by RMT members, including those in Scotland, London, Hull, East Midlands and Merseyside. Also, Unite members are escalating their action this coming week on the Woolwich Ferry. Please support all this action. Like all other workers, transport staff shouldn’t be made to pay the price for the Covid pandemic. The NSSN sends our solidarity!   RMT Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains (29 July) – Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains on Monday in the fight to defend decent pension rights. RAIL UNION RMT confirmed […]