NSSN 568: Support the London Barts NHS strike!

January 25, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Serco outsourced workers at Barts to take all-out strike action for first two weeks in February in battle against low pay (24 Jan) Hundreds of key NHS workers, employed by the giant outsourcing company, Serco, will stage a two week strike across Barts Health NHS Trust in “a battle against low pay and exploitation”. Unite members who are cleaners, porters, security, catering and reception staff across St Barts, Royal London Hospital, and Whipps Cross will take strike action beginning on Monday 31 January and ending on Sunday 13 February. Unite has warned that further strike action will follow if […]

NSSN 566: Workers start 2022 on the picket line!

January 10, 2022 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends all our supporters and affiliates New Year greetings. It’s already clear that 2022 is starting as 2021 ended – with a growing number of workers taking action to defend their living standards as inflation soars and also to ensure that their workplaces are safe in the omicron Covid wave. The NSSN will continue to support workers in struggle and use this weekly bulletin to build solidarity.   Stop victimisation of union reps Sign petition: Support Tracey Scholes – the 1st female Bus Driver at Queens Road, Manchester – protest Tuesday 11th January 1pm Queens Rd Depot, Cheetham […]

NSSN 564: Striking workers force more victories

December 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

This week’s NSSN bulletin reports on more cases of workers forcing employers back. Just in the last week, we’ve seen workers win outright victories or at least major concessions at Panasonic in Cardiff, Berkshire hospitals, Sandwell refuse, Royal Parks, Stanlow Oil Refinery, Morrisons, Liverpool Docks and Clarks in Somerset But as you will see in this bulletin, there are many more workers in dispute. Please keep supporting them. Striking wins!   Stop victimisation of union reps Defend Louise Lewis NEU NEC and Huddersfield union rep – (from Huddersfield Examiner) Huddersfield teacher was told she could return to school ‘with her […]

NSSN 563: Support the UCU HE strikes

November 30, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the 3-day strike by UCU members in higher education. Staff at 58 universities will be walking out this week, from Wednesday to Friday, December 1-3. UCU members at Goldsmiths University are on strike for three weeks in addition to this week’s action and members are also currently taking action at the Royal College of Art. This action along with the growing strikes shows that the mood of workers is building. Today is the 10th anniversary of the N30 public sector strike that saw 2 million workers strike together against Cameron and Osborne’s attacks on their […]

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 […]

559: NSSN COP26 Forum: ‘Climate change – for workers transition’

November 2, 2021 in Bulletins

NSSN COP26 Online Forum: ‘Climate change – for a workers transition’ 7pm Tuesday November 9th The National Shop Stewards Network is hosting an online forum during COP26, which is taking place in Glasgow, to discuss how can the trade union movement fight climate change while ensuring workers keep their jobs, pay, pensions and terms & conditions Speakers include:- Joe Kirby RMT NEC & Offshore worker Unite rep GKN Birmingham fighting plant closure Zoom link – link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8398811682?pwd=ZFhUSEFFK0RUd1hmS2FlZ1d4dkZWdz09 Meeting ID 8398811682 Facebook event Take part in the Saturday November 6th Global Day of Action – details of protests here Trade […]

558: Brighton bins victory & Truckers take a break for their rights

October 26, 2021 in Bulletins

This week NSSN bulletin headlines with a victory by bin workers in Brighton in the GMB and a campaign launched by Unite for HGV drivers. Brighton bin strike over after council and GMB agree deal (20 Oct) – The Brighton bin strike is officially over after the council ratified an improved pay deal. GMB members had already voted to accept the deal – which will increase pay and end unilateral round changes – as well as improving pay of council workers across the city. The council’s policy and resource’s committee has now followed suit. HGV drivers in Brighton and Hove […]

NSSN 557: Strikes work as workers force bosses back

October 17, 2021 in Bulletins

A clear trend is opening up as the number of disputes increase and many of these are resulting in victories or at least forcing the employers to make serious concessions. The NSSN weekly bulletin carries reports of all the strikes and ballots that are taking place. And it’s clear that workers are more and more using their power and leverage, particularly in those areas where there are labour shortages. The bosses and their Tory government have used Covid to go on the offensive, particularly using the brutal ‘fire and rehire’. But workers are fighting back and increasingly getting results. The […]