NSSN 517: British Gas workers 5-day strike against Fire and Re-hire

January 12, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our solidarity and support to the British Gas workers and their union, the GMB after the first action taken against the ‘fire and re-hire’ tactics of Centrica. As the union says, “GMB conducted a strike ballot of 9,000 members in December 2020. An overwhelming 89% voted in favour of industrial action. This vote was after parent company Centrica said it would impose ‘fire and rehire’ cuts to workers’ pay and terms and conditions on pain of dismissal.” We call on all our supporters and the whole trade union movement to continue to build support for the action. […]

NSSN 516: Teachers and school support staff force Tory U-turn!

January 5, 2021 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends all our supporters New Year greetings. We will continue to build support solidarity for workers and their unions taking action and to the increasing number of union reps and members being victimised by employers. 2021 has started with a bang, with teachers and school support staff forcing Boris Johnson’s Tory government to retreat on the re-opening of schools. The NEU backed by Unison cited Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act to demand that primary schools be closed and teaching carried out remotely online to protect the safety of pupils, staff and the wider community. It is […]

NSSN 515: As 2020 ends, workers keep fighting

December 13, 2020 in Bulletins

This is our last scheduled weekly bulletin of the year. A year where workers have been fighting during the COVID pandemic for their lives and livelihoods. We have seen continuing disputes over workplace safety and now increasingly we are seeing workers fight the bosses’ offensive against our jobs, terms & conditions and pay. Included in this is the Tory announcement of a public sector pay freeze, which unions must fight together. The message of the NSSN has been clear: workers can’t pay the price for this crisis – work or full pay, a pay rise that we deserve and if […]

NSSN 512: Fight together against the Tory Pay Freeze

November 23, 2020 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin opposes the proposed pay freeze that is expected to be announced by Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak this Wednesday.  NSSN Chair Rob Williams said, “Just as the Tories are exposed over giving COVID contracts to their cronies and a day after a big rise in defence spending is announced, millions of public sector workers face yet another pay freeze. “After standing on the front line, putting their lives at risk, they face sinking further into poverty. This is on top of a decade of Tory pay cuts that saw workers lose up to 14% of their income. […]

511: #RightToPicket protected – support Optare workers

November 17, 2020 in Bulletins

  The NSSN sends our solidarity to Unite and its members on strike at Optare in Yorkshire after the union won a legal challenge to the use of COVID rules by police to disperse legal picket lines. This demonstrates the vital importance of the labour and trade union movement retaining its ability to organise during the pandemic and giving a lead to workers in the fight for safe workplaces and against the bosses’ offensive on jobs, pay, pensions and terms and conditions. Right to picket during lockdown secured following Unite legal challenge (13 Nov) – The government has been forced […]

508: Lancashire Rolls Royce workers striking to save their plant!

October 27, 2020 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin to send solidarity to Rolls Royce workers in Barnoldswick in Lancashire. The Unite members have called strike action over three weeks as part of their campaign to save the factory. The NSSN believes that any plant threatened with closure should be taken into public ownership to save jobs and communities. Unite: Three weeks of strike action announced at Rolls-Royce’s Lancashire factory in battle to prevent jobs being offshored (26 Oct) – Workers at the historic Rolls-Royce factory at Barnoldswick in Lancashire will embark on three weeks of targeted strike action beginning next month, as […]

499: Come to Online NSSN TUC Rally 1pm Sunday Sept 13

August 25, 2020 in Bulletins

NSSN TUC Rally – 1pm Sunday September 13th Facebook event The National Shop Stewards Network is holding its annual rally at the time of the TUC Congress, which because of the COVID-19 pandemic has been truncated. This year’s NSSN event will be virtual but it has never been more important given the threat to workers’ lives and their jobs and income and the fighting programme needed from the TUC and the unions. There have been countless struggles by workers to make their workplace safe. Now workers are fighting the bosses’ attacks to defend their livelihoods. Already, we’ve seen workers from […]

NSSN 496: Join the NHS Pay protests on Saturday August 8th

August 2, 2020 in Bulletins

NHS workers are on the march for a 15% pay rise that starts to close the income gap caused by a decade of pay freezes. Please join the protests that are taking place, with many on Saturday August 8th. Details of some of these can be found here in the Nurses and Midwives say NO! to Public Sector pay inequality Facebook group and on the Keep Our NHS Public website. Also visit the website of Health Campaigns Together.   Please join these events. We support the call of many health workers for industrial action ballots, co-ordinated across all the health […]

495: Victory at Sheffield Papa John’s & job cuts fight at GE & Tate

July 28, 2020 in Bulletins

NSSN 495: Victory at Sheffield Papa John’s as workers fight redundancies at GE & Tate Modern We headline this week’s bulletin with news of a great victory for workers at pizzeria Papa John’s in Sheffield after protests organised by Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise and BFAWU Bakers’ Union. We also highlight the fight by Unite and PCS at GE in Caerphilly and Tate Modern respectively. Please support these struggles.   Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise & BFAWU Bakers’ Union: Workers and Community protest wage theft at Sheffield Papa John’s (25 July) – Workers and ex-workers at Papa John’s were joined […]

494: NSSN South West meeting – 11am Saturday July 25th

July 21, 2020 in Bulletins

National Shop Stewards’ Network South West regional meeting – 11am Saturday July 25th Facebook event The National Shop Steward’s Network is an organisation bringing together rank and file trade unionists to help build our movement. We are having a regional meeting in the South West which will include discussion of the struggles for workers’ health and safety and opposition to job cuts and attacks on pay and conditions. We are meeting via Zoom – Meeting ID: 817 2876 3520. Password: 678028 Contact Tom on 07986 951 527 or [email protected]   The NSSN is continuing to report on how workers are […]