553: GKN workers all out strike to save Birmingham plant

September 21, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity to the workers at the GKN Drivelines factory in Erdington Birmingham, who start all out indefinite strike action next Monday to save the plant. Send messages of support and donations to the strike hardship fund to the Unite convenor Frank Duffy [email protected] The NSSN argues that in order to save and defend communities, plants should be nationalised and taken into public ownership. Frank explains what’s at stake in this article that he has done for the Guardian (‘We tried to transition to green jobs, but the bosses are closing our car factory down’ Sept 20) […]

NSSN 539: Sparks defeat de-skilling!! #No2ESO

June 14, 2021 in Bulletins

Come to NSSN Conference 2021 – 11am Sunday 20 June Come to this year’s annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network, which this year will be online on Zoom. Take part in the discussion with other trade union reps, activists and members. This will include how we keep our workplaces safe and how we fight the Tory and bosses offensive: fire and rehire, the public sector pay freeze and Johnson’s attack on our right to protest, strike and picket, as well as stopping union victimisation. If you are in dispute or want to discuss how to fight back – […]

NSSN 538: Support JDE coffee workers fighting ‘fire & rehire’

June 8, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin leads with yet another group of workers taking brave and determined action against ‘fire and rehire’ to impose huge cuts to their income. The Unite members at Jacobs Douwe Egberts in Banbury need the support of the whole union movement as management issue dismissal notices. Solidarity! Email messages of support and donate to the hardship fund via [email protected] Follow #Banbury300 @Banbury3001 on twitter Dismissal notices for Banbury coffee workers over ‘fire and rehire’ plans branded as ‘corporate gangsterism’ by Unite – The decision by JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts) in Banbury to issue dismissal notices today (Wednesday […]

536: Thurrock bin workers defeat Tories & Hovis, Metroline wins

May 24, 2021 in Bulletins

Last week, the NSSN celebrated the tremendous victory by Unite bus workers in Manchester against ‘Fire and Rehire’. This week, we are able to salute three further welcome wins by Unite and the BFAWU. Binworkers in Thurrock, Essex have defeated the Tory Council’s attack on their income after an indefinite 6-week strike. Also, striking Hovis workers in Belfast have won an improved pay offer, while bus drivers in West London have forced back Metroline’s attempt to introduce remote sign-on after workers were due to start a series of strikes. As with the Manchester win, these and the other victories being […]

529: Support PCS DVLA strike 6-9 April over Covid concerns

April 6, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the 4-day PCS strike starting today at DVLA after over 500 cases of Covid were reported there since September. The NSSN gives our full solidarity and support to PCS and its members at DVLA as they fight for workplace safety PCS website: (1 Apr) Support PCS members at DVLA striking 6-9 April over health and safety concerns – Over the past week, PCS has been in intensive talks with the DVLA to try to reach agreement to address our members’ health and safety concerns and remove the necessity for taking industrial action. Though we […]

NSSN 525: Strike together against Tory 1% NHS pay insult

March 9, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the explosive outburst of anger against the Tory government’s 1% pay offer for NHS workers. A glimpse of this mood was shown by immediate protests called in Manchester and London on Sunday. NSSN supporters were present on both. Outrageously, despite both protests being safe, with PPE used and socially-distanced, police cited COVID rules to arrest two women, fining one of them Karen Reissmann a mental health nurse on the Unison NEC a brutal £10,000. In a fantastic show of solidarity, an appeal has raised this money. But the NSSN calls on Unison to fund […]

NSSN 523: The Sparks launch fight to stop de-skilling at Hinkley Point

February 23, 2021 in Bulletins

Rank and file construction electricians have launched a struggle against what they see as multi-skilling by bosses at the massive site Hinkley Point to build the nuclear power station, estimated to cost £22.5 billion. It is reported that an agreement to employ about 500 electrical apprentices had been reneged on and instead a training course for ‘Support Operatives’ is being put on. This would mean lower-paid unskilled workers being employed instead of skilled electricians. A meeting of rank & file construction workers last Saturday, echoing the Unite Electrical and Mechanical Combine Committee, called on the national leadership of the union […]

Picketing reinstates sacked construction rep

July 27, 2015 in News, Protest

Ranks and file construction workers from the Blacklist Support Group and their supporters descended on the Canary Wharf HQ of Morgan Stanley this morning to protest the sacking of Unite rep Graham Boxall. The building is undergoing work by the electrical contractor Phoenix, a signatory to bargaining body the Joint Industry Board (JIB). However Phoenix are breaking national collective agreements. The firm had employed electricians through sub-contractor D&D, but JIB rules state that workers seeking to move onto direct employment and pay as you earn taxation have a right to do so. When Graham asked to be directly employed he […]

208 – Come to NSSN rally at TUC:All out together October 14!

September 3, 2014 in Bulletins

The 2014 NSSN conference agreed that the Network will hold a public rally at the TUC Congress in Liverpool to lobby delegates to keep up the pressure for further co-ordinated strikes – 2pm Sunday September 7th in Jury’s Hotel opposite Echo Arena conference centre in Albert Dock. This year’s TUC Conference meets as public sector unions contemplate mass joint strike action on October 14th against the government’s continuing pay freeze. In reality, workers’ living standards are down by an average of 8% since the economic crisis struck in 2008, with young workers losing 15%! No wonder record numbers are using […]

Romford Sparks win after Blockade

September 2, 2014 in News, Uncategorized

15 electricians working for T.Clarke via an agency at the Network Rail Operating Centre construction site have won a fantastic victory. Last week, they set up a Unite shop and elected two reps as they sought direct employment with Clarkes after being the next in a long line of workers to suffer from the ‘Umbrella Scam’. ‘Coincidentally’(!) the two reps were laid off last Friday along with another worker. In a fantastic show of solidarity, the other workers ‘cabined up’ and refused to start work. Yesterday (Sept 1) the stoppage continued with Unite officers and organisers joining rank & file […]