NSSN e-bulletin 156 – Mass action can defeat Hunt’s NHS cuts!

August 22, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

In Lewisham in south London, triumphant health campaigners’ posters announce: “We’ve won! Justice for Lewisham Hospital.” Local people are celebrating a famous victory. This January health secretary Hunt tried to downgrade Lewisham hospital’s accident and emergency departments and its high risk obstetric department. On 31 July a high court judge ruled that Hunt did not have such legal powers. This was a victory for organised opposition to NHS cutbacks. Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign organised huge marches of 10,000+ last November and of 25,000 in January against this attack on a successful and popular hospital. NHS campaigners know that this isn’t […]

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. ;)

July 24, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, News, Reports, Strikes

NSSN EBULLETIN 152 We’d like to celebrate the birth of.. 😉 some more industrial action.. Following a spring of industrial action PCS will be spending the summer months consulting all of its branches on how to take its national campaign forward. In an escalation of the PCS national campaign in support of pay, pensions, jobs, privatisation, terms & conditions & union facility time PCS members were involved in what can only be described (at least metaphorically) as a ‘hot’ spring.  It started with a day of national industrial action on March 20, and continued with further group and national action […]

No.149 – What next after the NSSN conference?

July 4, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

NSSN e-bulletin 149 – What next after the NSSN conference? At last September’s TUC conference, ‘Motion 5’ from the POA prison officers’ union was overwhelmingly passed. It called on the trade union movement to consider the “practicalities of a general strike” against the ConDems’ austerity offensive. The NSSN organised a lobby of the TUC conference, which saw up to 1000 union activists descend on Brighton to let their views be known about the type of mass co-ordinated strike action that is necessary to force Cameron and co back. Yet almost a year later, that resolution still sits on the TUC […]

NO. 148 Teachers start their fightback – Strike in the North West!

June 26, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN E-Bulletin 148   Come to the Seventh NSSN Annual Conference this Saturday! Teachers start their fightback with strike in the North-West RMT re-affirms its commitment for a general strike against austerity! On Thursday 27 June, NUT and NASUWT members across twenty-two local authorities in the North-West of England are being called upon to take region-wide strike action. Strike rallies will be taking place in Manchester, Preston, Chester and Liverpool. Across the rest of England and Wales, teachers are being asked to show their solidarity with the North-West action by wearing stickers, sending in messages and photos of support, and […]

NSSN Bulletin 147: A Tale of Two Disputes

June 20, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Press Releases, Protest, Reports, Strikes

  Strike action is taking place in a number of different area’s this week but it’s worthwhile reporting on two different disputes. The first is the dispute involving the Cityclean GMB members employed by Brighton and Hove City Council who have been ‘offered’ pay cuts. At a meeting of Brighton’s Policy and Resources Committee on 24th January 2013, Green and Conservative Councillors forced through a measure* which authorised Council officers to implement a ‘modernised pay and conditions package’. Since then Council officers have been in negotiations over the proposals with the recognised trade unions. At a meeting that took place […]

NSSN Bulletin 146: Let’s Beat the Blacklist & Build a fighting Trade Union movement!

June 13, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Protest, Reports, Strikes

NSSN Bulletin 146: Let’s Beat the Blacklist & Build a fighting Trade Union movement! Last Monday night’s Panorama laid bare the realities of the employers’ use of blacklists to prevent trade unionists and campaigners working and organising against dangerous and illegal work practises. Among those interviewed were Howard Nolan, Roy Bentham and Frank Morris, victimised Crossrail worker since September 2012. They were able to vividly illustrate the realities and the effects of the blacklist on workers and their families. But now the unions are beginning to act against companies involved in the blacklist: GMB are campaigning against Carillion while Unite […]

Bulletin 145 – Turkey: No option but to Rebel

June 6, 2013 in Bulletins, Protest, Reports, Strikes

Bulletin 145 –  Turkey: No option but to rebel!– A statement from Day-Mer, a Turkish & Kurdish community organisation What is happening in Turkey?  On 27th May 2013, a police escorted demolition team arrived at the Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul Turkey to flatten the entire park and destroy all the parkland, including the trees. Despite resistance from local people and environmentalist groups, the site was cleared and demolition work proceeded. The police then clashed with protesters who began to occupy the Park. The activists have been camping there for three days in an attempt to stop the destruction. The […]

Bulletin 142 2013 – The brutal reality of the Bedroom Tax & Fighting back

May 16, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

This week the impact of the brutal Bedroom Tax had tragic consequences. We pass on our sympathy and condolences to the family. On the eve of PCS conference, a rep from the union argues for the unions to be at the fore in the battle against this hated tax and the whole austerity programme: The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government has unleashed a brutal war on the historic social gains of the working class in Britain. Attacks on welfare provision – such as the Bedroom Tax – display the cold cruelty of the British ruling class. Since 1 April, 660,000 social housing […]

Bulletin 139 – Time to get your diaries out..

April 24, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

We’re supposed to be in the age of declining unions but if the TUC calls a 24 hour general strike, the young, the unorganised and the unemployed will join the unions.” RMT General Secretary Bob Crow closed the NSSN lobby of today’s (April 24th) TUC General Council, which saw up to 200 union member and activists chant “Name the date for a general strike!” It was apt that POA prison officers’ union leader Steve Gillan also addressed the lobby. It was his union’s motion 5 to last September’s TUC conference that called on the unions to consider the “practicalities of […]

Fight the Ford Closure

April 19, 2013 in Reports

Ford’s closure plans have angered workers in East London. Workers from Ford’s Dagenham Stamping & Tooling Operations plant finished their night shift and descended on Ford’s UK headquarters as Unite convenors from around the country met management on 18 April for a Ford National Joint Negotiating Committee (FNJNC). A consultative ballot for strike action gained an 81% yes vote from the Unite tool makers at the plant, since Fords announced the closure of the plant and a strike ballot is now proceeding. Vince Passfield, Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite told the NSSN that Ford’s simultaneous closures of two UK plants […]