Bury Thatcher’s legacy – TUC must call a 24-hour general strike!

April 11, 2013 in Bulletins, Reports, Strikes

When people try to remember where they were when they heard that Maggie Thatcher had died, their reaction will tell us everything about her legacy – Cameron and Clegg’s austerity Britain. The millionaires, including two-thirds of the Cabinet, will think of the 5% tax cut they started to pocket on the first day of the new tax year. But 8 April was also the day the vicious axing of Disability Living Allowance was implemented, alongside April’s  other brutal changes that will attack the poor, the unemployed, and the disabled. If anything sums up Thatcher and her modern-day apostles it is […]

No. 134 Solidarity action – “We need a General Strike”

March 22, 2013 in Bulletins, Remploy, Reports, Strikes

Solidarity action?  “Let’s call it by its proper name – we need a general strike” Boooo! That was the response from the 500-strong rally of PCS strikers to the appearance of Tory Chancellor George Osborne on the big screen outside parliament. While he lied and spun his way to making more cuts, inspiring speeches were made by striking workers and labour movement leaders. First time striker John represented the caterers in the House of Lords. On the picket line supporters heard that caterers are on £900 a month while Lords members get £300 a month for ‘subsistence’ just for turning […]

133 – “It’s not about making sense, it’s about making money”

March 14, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

The NHS starts our bulletin this week. On Saturday, there is likely to be a big demo in North London to defend Whittington Hospital (see below). Meanwhile, the ConDem attacks are coming into effect soon. Here is a brief piece from NSSN supporter Chris Moore: The Health and Social Care Act – it’s not about making sense, it’s about making money In April, the H&SCA comes into force in England; 65 years after the formation of the NHS, the Coalition government plan to pension it off. The government’s climb down over the act’s competition regulations is a success but the […]

No. 132 It’s time for a united union fight for decent pay!

March 8, 2013 in Bulletins, International, Strikes

  NSSN ebulletin 132 International Women’s Day 2013: Women to the fore against austerity – “it’s high time for a united union fight for decent pay” Women internationally have fought to defend jobs and services and this has never been so important as we approach international women’s day this year.  All the gains that we have made are under attack. However women have also been at the forefront of standing up to defend public services as the majority of the workers in the public sector. And also campaigning in our communities against cuts as women recognise how important these services […]

NSSN weekly bulletin 125

January 17, 2013 in Appeals, Bulletins, International, Reports, Strikes

NSSN BULLETIN NO. 124 Hardly have we set foot into the New Year than a barrage of attacks have rained down on workers. It’s as if bosses have acted quickly to get bad news done and dusted before workers have recovered from the festive season. Nearly 9,000 jobs have just gone in HMV, Jessops and Blockbusters, and including those companies like Comet that went bust before Christmas, then overall 16,700 jobs have been slashed in retail. Added to this over 1000 worker at the Honda plant in Swindon are facing mass redundancies. Local authorities like Birmingham and Manchester are adding […]

Solidarity with Ford workers – Defend every job

November 1, 2012 in Reports, Strikes

News of Ford’s plans to close the Transit plant in Southampton has hit workers and the city like a bombshell. 500 Ford workers’ and 450 contractors’ jobs are under threat. But the shockwaves of closure will rumble far further. 81 suppliers provide components and materials to Southampton. After 700 jobs were cut in 2008, these redundancies will suck millions of pounds out of the local economy, leaving unemployment and increasing poverty in their wake. The closure of the Ford stamping plant in Dagenham, east London, comes with an official estimate of 750 job losses in an area already ravaged by […]