NSSN 578: Build a mass TUC demo on 18 June

April 4, 2022 in Bulletins

TUC National Demonstration – Saturday 18th June 12noon Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD read more The TUC has called a national demonstration this summer. We will do all we can to help build what needs to be a massive mobilisation that could be the platform for industrial action across the public and private sectors. In March 2011, 750,000 union members marched through the streets of London on the TUC demonstration against the austerity offensive of the Tory-led government. It led directly to the 2 million strong public sector general strike that November on pensions. This is what is needed […]

NSSN 577: Glasgow women workers force council climbdown on equal pay

March 29, 2022 in Bulletins

Glasgow City Unison statement – UNISON is pleased to report that the council has conceded they will not “dump the deal” and will now maintain the 2019 arrangements to calculate further interim compensation payments. This important concession has been won for one reason and one reason only – the willingness of trade union members to take strike action. The work to agree the detail of the further interim compensation payments will now revert back to our joint claimants legal team (A4E, UNISON, GMB and UNITE). The council’s stated aim is to begin making payments from October this year but there […]

NSSN 575: Stop union victimisation – support Coventry bin strike

March 15, 2022 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the Unite strike by binworkers in Coventry. The Labour council has disgracefully targeted Pete Randle, one of the senior shop stewards. We call on all our supporters to support Pete and his striking members Unite solidarity rally – 11am Saturday 26th March at Broadgate Square, Coventry City Centre Sign petition to Councillor George Duggins – Coventry Council: Reinstate Pete Randle, stop union busting, stop strike breaking and pay the rate Unite: Coventry bin strikes will run into the summer after huge vote for action (15 Mar) – A “catalogue of failures” and “rank […]

NSSN 574: Victory for outsourced Barts NHS workers

March 8, 2022 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the fantastic victory by Unite members at Barts NHS Trust after two weeks of strike action. The Unite branch secretary is Len Hockey, a member of the NSSN steering committee Unite: Major victory for outsourced NHS workers at Barts (3 Mar) – Unite has struck a landmark agreement with one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts to bring 1,800 NHS workers employed by the outsourcer Serco into NHS employment. Cleaners, porters, security guards, and domestic staff working at the Barts Health group of hospitals are to benefit from NHS pay, terms and conditions. Unite […]

NSSN 572: March with striking Coventry binworkers 22 February

February 21, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Coventry bin lorry drivers to march on Council House as Unite reveals zero attendance from councillors in 25 hours of negotiations (18 Feb) – When: 12 noon, Tuesday, 22 February, 2022; Where: The Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR. Coventry bin lorry drivers will march on the city’s Council House after Unite revealed that not one Coventry councillor has been in attendance during more than 25 hours of negotiations. The negotiations, which hinge on the pay grade applied to the refuse HGV driver role, are crucial to bringing the strike to an end. Despite their importance, not a […]

NSSN 571: Support striking Manchester Chep workers

February 15, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Protest in support of striking Chep pallet workers at Trafford Park tomorrow as pay talks start A rally in support of striking workers at pallet suppliers Chep UK will be held at the Trafford Park site tomorrow (Wednesday 16 February) as bosses agree to hold pay talks in the three month-old dispute. The workers, members of Unite the union, have been on strike since December – and recently renewed their mandate for strike action into the spring by a majority of 94 per cent – over the management’s failure  to improve on their offer of two per cent, when […]

NSSN 569: Support the Scunthorpe Scaffolders & Coventry bin strikes!

February 1, 2022 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with two indefinite Unite strikes. This solidarity is even more necessary because in both disputes, workers are claiming that attempts at strike-breaking are happening. Please support them and the all the other struggles in our weekly bulletin. Solidarity! Local MPs pressure Actavo as Scunthorpe Scaffolders strike gets underway (26 Jan) – Five local MPs have written to Actavo bosses to put pressure on the ‘intransigent’ company to end the dispute with scaffolders at British Steel. The workers have begun continuous strike action today (26 January) at the steel works in Scunthorpe. Letters have been sent to […]

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 […]