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 […]

537: Come to NSSN Conference 2021 – 11am Sunday 20 June

June 2, 2021 in Bulletins

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. The Zoom details for the conference are:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83931358284 Meeting ID: 839 3135 8284   Sparks force bosses to talk after blockading AWE to stop de-skilling […]

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 […]

NSSN 535: Manchester bus workers defeat #FireandRehire

May 18, 2021 in Bulletins

Just as this week’s NSSN bulletin was due to go out, Unite announced the fantastic news that the bus workers in Manchester have forced back Go North West’s ‘fire and rehire’ attack. We send our congratulations and solidarity to the workers who have taken 85 days of strike action, and their union Unite. Last year, the attempt to by management to go for Coin Hayden the Unite rep in the garage was defeated by a militant campaign. Months later, bosses unleashed an offensive against the workforce. This shows that union victimisation is always used to try and weaken the union […]

NSSN 532: Never more important to commemorate #IWMD & #MayDay

April 26, 2021 in Bulletins

There couldn’t be a more poignant time to mark two of the most important dates in the calendar of the labour and trade union movement. On Wednesday, International Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated while on Saturday, May Day – the global Workers’ Day – will be celebrated.  Both days will bring home the two primary challenges facing workers and their unions – the need for workplace safety during Covid and the fight against the offensive of the bosses and their Tory government. There has never been a more important time for workers to be organised in a union, in […]

NSSN 530: British Gas workers strike for 43rd day against lock-out

April 12, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin leads with the heroic fight of the GMB members in British Gas against the imposition of new terms & conditions through Fire and Rehire. They will be taking their 43rd day of strike action this Wednesday 14th April. We continue to give our full support and solidarity to the workers and their union, the GMB. The NSSN believes that British Gas should be brought back into public ownership. Support the GMB strike against ‘fire and rehire at British Gas – send a message of support and donate to the GMB British Gas ‘Fire and Rehire’ Strike […]

527: Stop union-busting Solidarity Rally & fight Sleep-ins ruling

March 23, 2021 in Bulletins

BREAKING NEWS!! Shrewsbury Pickets overturn convictions  “The NSSN sends our congratulations & solidarity to the Shrewsbury Pickets and their families. We should particularly remember those such as Des Warren, who passed away during this heroic struggle for justice. There should now be a trade union inquiry into the framing of the workers and the cover up.” Rob Williams NSSN Chair Unite: Shrewsbury 24 – Joyous and just day after nearly 50 years of battle (23 Mar) – Today’s decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the convictions of the Shrewsbury Pickets after a nearly 50 year campaign has been hailed as a […]

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 524: Stop union busting on the buses & support the strikes

March 2, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the fight to stop union victimisation on the buses. Two union reps are fighting for their jobs. Declan Clune RMT was sacked by Bluestar in Hampshire last Friday. Moe Muhsin Manir Unite is in a disciplinary on a gross misconduct charge at the Abellio Walworth garage in South London. The same company had sacked another Unite rep Judith Katera in December at neighbouring Battersea but we are delighted to report that after a fantastic campaign, she has been reinstated!  This shows that union-busting can be defeated. As usual, bosses target union reps to more […]

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 […]