NSSN 534: Support the fightback in schools and colleges

May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the growing number of disputes in education. In schools, teaching and support staff are fighting cuts under the guise of restructuring and an increasing number of union reps being victimised. Clearly, management are striking back at NEU reps in particular after the Tory government was pushed back in the New Year over the premature re-opening of schools. But victories are being won. Huddersfield NEU rep and union NEC member Louise Lewis has just been reinstated after four days of strike action and it appears a victory has been won at Beal High School […]

NSSN 533: Workers fight back against the bosses’ offensive

May 6, 2021 in Bulletins

As the polls open on election day, we continue to report on the increasing number of disputes.  Workers are fighting back against the offensive of the Tories and employers such as their pay freezes and brutal ‘fire and rehire’ attacks. Also, union reps are being targeted, as usual so that the bosses can look to weaken the union to then try and attack the whole workforce. But the fight back against these attacks and in many cases victories, show that if workers are organised and unions give a lead, the bosses can be forced back. Read the reports in our […]

NSSN 531: Support Thurrock council strike!

April 19, 2021 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the 3-week strike called by Unite members in Thurrock in Essex. The Tory Council are attacking the pay and terms & conditions of workers in refuse, street cleaning and highway maintenance. The NSSN sends solidarity to the Thurrock strikers. Unite: Strike dates set as Thurrock council heroes resist cuts to pay and conditions – Council workers providing essential services through the health crisis to the residents of Thurrock will strike for three weeks because of Thurrock Council’s plans to brutally cut their pay and conditions. Refuse workers, highway maintenance and street cleaners will […]

NSSN 530: British Gas workers strike for 43rd day against lock-out

April 12, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin leads with the heroic fight of the GMB members in British Gas against the imposition of new terms & conditions through Fire and Rehire. They will be taking their 43rd day of strike action this Wednesday 14th April. We continue to give our full support and solidarity to the workers and their union, the GMB. The NSSN believes that British Gas should be brought back into public ownership. Support the GMB strike against ‘fire and rehire at British Gas – send a message of support and donate to the GMB British Gas ‘Fire and Rehire’ Strike […]

529: Support PCS DVLA strike 6-9 April over Covid concerns

April 6, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the 4-day PCS strike starting today at DVLA after over 500 cases of Covid were reported there since September. The NSSN gives our full solidarity and support to PCS and its members at DVLA as they fight for workplace safety PCS website: (1 Apr) Support PCS members at DVLA striking 6-9 April over health and safety concerns – Over the past week, PCS has been in intensive talks with the DVLA to try to reach agreement to address our members’ health and safety concerns and remove the necessity for taking industrial action. Though we […]

NSSN 528: Shrewsbury Pickets overturn convictions

March 30, 2021 in Bulletins

“The NSSN sends our congratulations & solidarity to the Shrewsbury Pickets and their families. We should particularly remember those such as Des Warren, who passed away during this heroic struggle for justice. There should now be a trade union inquiry into the framing of the workers and the cover up. This is needed for this particular case but also to bring out the Tory anti-union laws and their new restrictions on the right to protest and picket as well as a new rash of victimisation of union reps” Rob Williams NSSN Chair The Public Interest Law Centre are organising a […]

526: End Violence against Women – fight for the right to protest

March 16, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin comes after the brutal murder of Sarah Everard and the outrageous policing of peaceful vigils and protests, which NSSN supporters attended. The NSSN sends our deepest condolences to Sarah’s family. These horrific events have brought centre stage the issue of violence against women. They have also raised how the Tory government is using Covid rules to attack the right to protest. Before Christmas, police dispersed a workers’ picket at the Unite strike at Optare in Leeds. The union overturned this in the courts. Two of our officers Linda Taaffe NSSN Secretary and NEU and Katrine Williams NSSN vice-Chair […]

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 […]