NSSN 271: Junior Doctors force Tories back

December 2, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 271: Junior Doctors force Tories back At the last minute, facing a strike that had already seen over 3,000 operations and 17,500 appointments cancelled, the Tories stepped back from the brink and withdrew the immediate threat of the imposition of new contracts for junior doctors. As a result, the BMA suspended the three days of industrial action on December 1, 8 and 16. Negotiations will now continue but if junior doctors don’t get what they want by January 13th, action can be put back on. The NSSN sends solidarity to the junior doctors and the BMA. We appeal to […]

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday

November 18, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 269: Come to the TUCG rally this Saturday – ‘After Corbyn’s Victory, build the fight against austerity!’   A week after the Tories’ (anti) Trade Union Bill had its 3rd and final House of Commons reading, an important event has been organised this Saturday.   The Trade Union Coordinating Group which represents 8 national trade unions (BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, URTU) have announced a major rally in the week preceding the Autumn Economic Statement. The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Finance Minister of the Syriza Government in Greece, will be participating in a […]

NSSN 268: Reinstate #CWU2!

November 11, 2015 in Bulletins

Clive, a long-standing leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch and is a leading lay rep of the union. Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave their […]

NSSN 267: Protest the 3rd reading of the Trade Union Bill Nov 10

November 3, 2015 in Bulletins

Thousands of trade unionists came to London yesterday to lobby their MPs as part of the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill. Many couldn’t get into the event at Westminster Central Hall but the FBU saved the day by bringing their fire engine round to the front of the venue for the rally speakers to address the crowd. NSSN national chair Rob Williams also spoke from the FBU platform, calling on everyone to come back to London on November 10th when the Bill gets its 3rd and final House of Commons reading before it goes to the Lords. Rob […]

NSSN 266: TUC #KillTheBill lobby of Parliament Nov 2

October 28, 2015 in Bulletins

The TUC lobby of Parliament on November 2nd has to mark a major step change in the fight against the Tory (anti) Trade Union Bill. It seems that its 3rd reading could be as quick as November 1oth. That date must be in the diary of every trade union member for a mass demonstration in London. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) has been to the forefront of the ‘Kill the Bill’ campaign. We brought hundreds of union activists and reps to lobby TUC Congress in Brighton in September. That conference passed resolutions calling for a mass campaign against the Bill […]

NSSN 264: Support the Junior Doctors protests this Saturday!

October 14, 2015 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends solidarity to the Junior Doctors who are fighting the Tories’ imposition of a new contract. We appeal to all our supporters to support their demonstrations and protests, including this Saturday October 17th in London and Nottingham. For latest news and protests  follow #JuniorContract and #NotFairNotSafe on twitter. Latest updates on BMA website here Oct 17 – London 2pm Parliament Oct 17 – Belfast 2pm City Hall Oct 17 – Nottingham   2pm Old Market Square Oct 24 – Newcastle 1pm Oct 28 – Leeds 7pm City Centre Nov 18 – Dundee 4pm City Square Aaron Borbora, deputy chair […]

NSSN 263: National Gallery victory, Kill The Bill action Oct 13

October 7, 2015 in Bulletins

NSSN 263: PCS National Gallery victory, Tory Party demo & TUCG #KillTheBill protest Oct 13 The NSSN salutes the workers at the National Gallery and their union PCS as they return to work after over 100 days of strike action. The agreement includes the reinstatement of PCS rep Candy Udwin. This is a fantastic victory that can inspire all workers as we face more Tory cuts and their Trade Union Bill. We have given full support to the strike, including having Candy address our annual conference in July, where a financial collection was taken. From PCS website: Agreement reached to […]

NSSN 262: #KillTheBill Demo outside Tory Party conference

September 30, 2015 in Bulletins

Text from NSSN leaflet that will be given out on Sunday’s TUC demonstration in Manchester:- As new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said, the Tories have declared war on trade unions and their members. After being the 200-1 outsider, surely no-one now believes the odds are too great to take on Cameron and co? Their Trade Union Bill is a continuation of Thatcher’s brutal anti-union laws. Despite the propaganda that says unions are finished, this Bill shows that the Tories recognise that with over 6million members, they are still potentially the most powerful barrier to Osborne’s cuts. That’s why it’s […]

NSSN 259: Come to the NSSN Kill The Bill lobby

September 9, 2015 in Bulletins

Next Monday September 14th, just as hundreds of delegates meet in Brighton at this year’s TUC Congress, the Tories will be trying to sneak their anti-union Trade Union Bill through another Parliamentary stage. This vicious legislation that builds on Thatcher’s laws, is designed to shackle the unions just as Osborne unleashes billions more in Tory austerity. If passed, their plans would make official strikes much more difficult and give far more advantage to employers while cutting away democratic union rights. One of the most sinister measures involve forcing one picket on strike to give their personal details to the police, […]

NSSN 258: Reinstate sacked Royal Mail rep John Vasey now!

September 2, 2015 in Appeals, Bulletins

John Vasey, a CWU postal rep in Wakefield, West Yorkshire has been sacked on what his work colleagues recognise as stitched up charges. John was suspended by Royal Mail during the general election on allegations connected with the non-delivery of election material. Since John’s suspension, the Wakefield office has been run by an increasingly threatening management, who have driven through cutbacks placing unmanageable workloads on a reduced number of postal workers. John, with 25 years’ service has good support from fellow workers and the CWU in his battle for reinstatement. Currently awaiting an appeal, his reinstatement campaign is gathering pace […]