NSSN 523: The Sparks launch fight to stop de-skilling at Hinkley Point

February 23, 2021 in Bulletins

Rank and file construction electricians have launched a struggle against what they see as multi-skilling by bosses at the massive site Hinkley Point to build the nuclear power station, estimated to cost £22.5 billion. It is reported that an agreement to employ about 500 electrical apprentices had been reneged on and instead a training course for ‘Support Operatives’ is being put on. This would mean lower-paid unskilled workers being employed instead of skilled electricians. A meeting of rank & file construction workers last Saturday, echoing the Unite Electrical and Mechanical Combine Committee, called on the national leadership of the union […]

NSSN 521: Come to NSSN Zoom Public Meeting February 14

February 9, 2021 in Bulletins

2021 has started with a bang, with teachers and school support staff in the NEU and Unison forcing Boris Johnson’s Tory government to retreat on the re-opening of schools. In the last two weeks, the Tories have had to u-turn over their proposed review of employment laws and regulations post-Brexit. Unions now need to come together immediately to draw on this template to fight for workplace safety in all sectors and stop the offensive by the Tories and the bosses to make workers pay for the COVID crisis with our lives and livelihoods. This includes Johnson’s public sector pay freeze. […]

NSSN 520: Tories U-turn on plan to attack workers’ rights

February 2, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN celebrates the Tory u-turn over their proposed review of employment laws and regulations post-Brexit. Despite their denials, this would have looked at a whole number of workers’ rights. But the fact that they have been forced to retreat, without a real mobilisation of the trade union movement, shows the weakness of this Tory government. This now needs to be built on as workers, fighting for workplace safety and their jobs and living standards, face an offensive from the Government and the bosses. We should take confidence that the brutal attacks of ‘fire and rehire’ and the public sector […]

NSSN 518: Rolls Royce striking workers wins future for Barnoldswick

January 19, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our congratulations and solidarity to the Rolls Royce workers at Barnoldswick in Lancashire and their union Unite. Nine weeks of trike action has forced the company back after outsourcing of work threatened its future. Once again, it shows that taking action works. This is a hugely important example as workers fight the offensive of the bosses and their Tory government in attacking jobs, pay and contracts. From Unite website: Ground-breaking deal by Unite saves Barnoldswick’s Rolls-Royce factory and 350 jobs (14 Jan) – The Rolls-Royce factory in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, has been saved and with it 350 jobs […]

NSSN 515: As 2020 ends, workers keep fighting

December 13, 2020 in Bulletins

This is our last scheduled weekly bulletin of the year. A year where workers have been fighting during the COVID pandemic for their lives and livelihoods. We have seen continuing disputes over workplace safety and now increasingly we are seeing workers fight the bosses’ offensive against our jobs, terms & conditions and pay. Included in this is the Tory announcement of a public sector pay freeze, which unions must fight together. The message of the NSSN has been clear: workers can’t pay the price for this crisis – work or full pay, a pay rise that we deserve and if […]

NSSN 513: Support the Heathrow strike against savage wage cuts

December 1, 2020 in Bulletins

Heathrow Strike – Workers walkout over savage wage cuts from Unite website (30 Nov) Unite members employed at Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) will be on picket lines on Tuesday 1 December in the dispute over the savage wage cuts imposed on the workforce through a brutal fire and rehire programme. Alongside the picket lines an ad van will be touring Heathrow and the surrounding areas with the messages: “Heathrow’s super-rich shareholders are jetting off with workers’ wages’, Heathrow’s chief executive officer John Holland Kaye will also be portrayed as the Grinch alongside the message “Heathrow Grinch CEO is stealing workers’ […]

NSSN 509: Support education workers in new lockdown  

November 3, 2020 in Bulletins

The Prime Minister and his floundering cabinet have finally reacted to daily news of startling rises in the rate of COVID cases in England but once again ordinary people have been left trying to fathom out the exceptions to Lockdown 2. But those who expected to see some kind of common sense will stay disappointed; the aim of Lockdown 2 is to maintain the accumulation of private profits for the Tories’ friends in big business, not to help ordinary workers and their families. This is most clearly seen in the decision to keep open educational establishments despite mounting evidence that […]

NSSN 503: Support the strikes!

September 22, 2020 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin shines the spotlight on the increasing number of union disputes as bosses attack jobs and pay, terms & conditions. An increasing number are using brutal ‘fire and re-hire’ methods. These actions include the indefinite strike by PCS members at Tate continues, which will next week go over 40 days. Leigh and Wigan rehab workers in Unison have started a further 10 days of strike action this week as will GMB members in Brighton & Hove Council from next Monday. The Debenhams workers in Ireland are now well over 150 days of action in their fight for […]

NSSN 500th weekly bulletin: Still fighting union-busting!

September 2, 2020 in Bulletins

NSSN 500th weekly bulletin: Still fighting union-busting! Come to NSSN TUC Rally 1pm Sunday Sept 13 This week’s weekly NSSN bulletin is our 500th. It shows that we have a proud longstanding history of supporting unions taking action, going back to 2006 when the RMT rail and transport union, under the leadership of the late great Bob Crow, initiated the Network. During that time, we have built up the reputation of our weekly bulletin as a place for rank and file union members and reps to appeal for solidarity for their disputes and support other workers in struggle. But another […]

NSSN 496: Join the NHS Pay protests on Saturday August 8th

August 2, 2020 in Bulletins

NHS workers are on the march for a 15% pay rise that starts to close the income gap caused by a decade of pay freezes. Please join the protests that are taking place, with many on Saturday August 8th. Details of some of these can be found here in the Nurses and Midwives say NO! to Public Sector pay inequality Facebook group and on the Keep Our NHS Public website. Also visit the website of Health Campaigns Together.   Please join these events. We support the call of many health workers for industrial action ballots, co-ordinated across all the health […]