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 […]

NSSN 176 – Local government cuts: Protest AND then strike

January 21, 2014 in Bulletins, News, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Since May 2010 407,000 jobs have been lost in local government and some of the biggest cuts are yet to bite. In adjoining counties in the east midlands, 2 county councils, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – both Labour controlled, are planning cuts of £157m and £154 respectively over the next 3 years. These are examples not exceptions. And for those ‘lucky’ enough to keep their jobs, over two-thirds earn below the coalition government’s low pay threshold and £5,500 less than annual median earnings. Over half a million local government workers earn less than £15000 annually and almost the same amount fall […]