NSSN 543: Support the Bexley Bin Strike

July 13, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN headlines this week’s bulletin with the strike by refuse workers in Bexley Council. This is the third Unite dispute with outsourcing company Serco in the last few weeks, along with traffic wardens in Ealing as well as catering workers at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, who are closing in on successful resolution. We were on the Bexley picket on the first day of their two week strike and will continue to support the workers’ action. They are taking confidence from the recent victory of bin workers at Thurrock, another Tory-controlled council. We also call for an end […]

400: Mid Yorks trust staff victory against NHS privatisation

August 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  The NSSN marks our 400th weekly bulletin by celebrating a victory by NHS workers against privatisation. This article is written by Adrian O’Malley – Branch Secretary Unison Mid Yorkshire Health (Personal Capacity):- UNISON members working within Estates and Facilities at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start 3 days strike action against the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary company (WOS) on Monday 20th August. 900 staff were at risk of being transferred into the proposed company. The UNISON strike vote was 97.4% to strike on a 56.7% turnout. A further 100 staff have since joined the […]

NSSN 187: Sparks Strike Back: The fight for PAYE begins!

April 8, 2014 in Bulletins

Unrest Wednesday is in Full Swing – 37 Agency Electricians walked off a job at AWE Aldermaston today (April 2) over the new self-employed legislation. It is a Shepherds Engineering Services job. They are demanding to be taken on the cards direct by Shepherds. Shepherds have agreed to a meeting to discuss the possibility. A Unite Construction officer is meeting the workers and Shepherds first thing tomorrow morning. There was also reported unrest on many other sites across the UK as payroll companies finally get to informing workers of how they are to be paid from Monday onwards. Being told […]

POA General Secretary: Join POA march against austerity

March 12, 2014 in News, Protest

The POA will be holding a march and rally on the 19th March 2014 to coincide with budget day in order to demonstrate at the budget cuts, pay freeze, pension age, assaults on POA members and privatisation. In recent years, budget cuts have seen the Prison Service impose an almost total recruitment freeze alongside pay freezes. These factors along with the unjustified increase in pension contributions are leading a return to “long hours culture” as POA members are forced to work excessive hours to operate prisons and to earn a living wage with a rising prison population. As a result, […]

NSSN Southern Region Conference

December 11, 2013 in News

NSSN SOUTHERN REGION CONFERENCE hosted by UNITE Bracknell Building the Fightback against Austerity Speakers: Alex Gordon (RMT) Rob Williams (NSSN) Saturday 18th January  2014, 2pm to 5pm Priestwood Community Centre, Bracknell. Dear Brother/Sister, If you are a rank and file trade unionist or anti-cuts campaigner you are cordially invited to our NSSN Southern Region conference. The NSSN was initiated in 2006 by the RMT and now has national support from, PCS, CWU, NUJ, NUM, POA  and BFAWU as well as many branches, trades councils, etc. Organising mutual solidarity when trade unions are in dispute is at the heart of our work. […]

INTERVIEW: Portuguese posties fight privatization

December 3, 2013 in International, News, Protest, Strikes

João Isqueiro is member of Executive of SNTCT – The Portuguese Postal and Telecommunication Workers National Union spoke to Francisco Raposo on behalf of the NSSN Francisco Raposo – Postal workers from CTT – Portuguese public company of postal services – are involved in a struggle process for a long time now. Can you describe the key issues of your struggle? João Isqueiro – In response to the first question, postal workers’ struggle takes on two equally important dimensions: one concerning all citizens, which assumes the defence of the public postal service and another one concerning the workers in particular, defending the […]

NSSN 170 – Fight attacks on Jobs & Pay on the Tube!

November 26, 2013 in Bulletins, News

This week, we re-produce a statement from RMT General Secretary Bob Crow after the announcement of massive job cuts on London Underground (LUL) and the further threat to the living standards of tube workers. The NSSN appeals to all trade unions to give full support to the unions and their members on LUL Hear Bob Crow on LBC radio November 25 “As every LUL member must now be aware London Underground has announced the closure of ALL ticket offices by as early as 2015 and the subsequent loss of 750 jobs. Despite this Government’s and the Mayor of London’s claim […]

NSSN 167: 20th anniversary of rail privatisation

November 7, 2013 in Bulletins

On 5 November 1993 John Major’s Tories passed the Railways Act to privatise British Rail, opening an era of public transport chaos and fragmentation in Britain. Rail privatisation is a grotesque ‘corporate welfare’ binge for a herd of gruesome Fat Cats, some well-known like Richard Branson, others less so like the shadowy hedge funds and banks who trouser ‘rolling stock leasing charges’ for trains already bought and paid for by public investment. This month, on the 20th anniversary, RMT demands an end to rail privatisation – legalised robbery paid for by tax scams and extortionate rail fares. In 2012-13 alone, […]

NSSN166 – Support UCU, Unison & Unite members strikers

October 31, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

31 October will be a day of coordinated strike action by UCU, Unison and Unite members working in Universities. This is the first UK-wide joint action between these Higher Education unions, demonstrating the anger that their members feel about the employers’ insulting 1% pay increase. Even pro-capitalist commentator Will Hutton, writing in the Observer notes that “The real wages of academics have fallen by 13% since 2008, one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has suffered since the Second World War.” This is despite the scandalously high fees charged to students, which have subsidised lavish pay at the […]