NSSN 574: Victory for outsourced Barts NHS workers

March 8, 2022 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the fantastic victory by Unite members at Barts NHS Trust after two weeks of strike action. The Unite branch secretary is Len Hockey, a member of the NSSN steering committee Unite: Major victory for outsourced NHS workers at Barts (3 Mar) – Unite has struck a landmark agreement with one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts to bring 1,800 NHS workers employed by the outsourcer Serco into NHS employment. Cleaners, porters, security guards, and domestic staff working at the Barts Health group of hospitals are to benefit from NHS pay, terms and conditions. Unite […]

NSSN 572: March with striking Coventry binworkers 22 February

February 21, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Coventry bin lorry drivers to march on Council House as Unite reveals zero attendance from councillors in 25 hours of negotiations (18 Feb) – When: 12 noon, Tuesday, 22 February, 2022; Where: The Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR. Coventry bin lorry drivers will march on the city’s Council House after Unite revealed that not one Coventry councillor has been in attendance during more than 25 hours of negotiations. The negotiations, which hinge on the pay grade applied to the refuse HGV driver role, are crucial to bringing the strike to an end. Despite their importance, not a […]

NSSN 571: Support striking Manchester Chep workers

February 15, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Protest in support of striking Chep pallet workers at Trafford Park tomorrow as pay talks start A rally in support of striking workers at pallet suppliers Chep UK will be held at the Trafford Park site tomorrow (Wednesday 16 February) as bosses agree to hold pay talks in the three month-old dispute. The workers, members of Unite the union, have been on strike since December – and recently renewed their mandate for strike action into the spring by a majority of 94 per cent – over the management’s failure  to improve on their offer of two per cent, when […]

NSSN 570: UCU HE strike ramps up

February 14, 2022 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with the UCU higher education strike, which re-starts next week. Last December, staff at 58 universities took 3 days of action against exploitative working conditions, casualisation, attacks on pensions and a decade of pay cuts. After re-balloting, 10 more HE colleges have joined the dispute. In addition, Unison members at 10 universities have also passed the 50% ballot threshold and will be striking alongside the UCU. We also highlight the reconvened UCU dispute at Goldsmiths University in South London. UCU: Over a million students at 68 universities to be impacted by up to 10 […]

NSSN 569: Support the Scunthorpe Scaffolders & Coventry bin strikes!

February 1, 2022 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with two indefinite Unite strikes. This solidarity is even more necessary because in both disputes, workers are claiming that attempts at strike-breaking are happening. Please support them and the all the other struggles in our weekly bulletin. Solidarity! Local MPs pressure Actavo as Scunthorpe Scaffolders strike gets underway (26 Jan) – Five local MPs have written to Actavo bosses to put pressure on the ‘intransigent’ company to end the dispute with scaffolders at British Steel. The workers have begun continuous strike action today (26 January) at the steel works in Scunthorpe. Letters have been sent to […]

NSSN 568: Support the London Barts NHS strike!

January 25, 2022 in Bulletins

Unite: Serco outsourced workers at Barts to take all-out strike action for first two weeks in February in battle against low pay (24 Jan) Hundreds of key NHS workers, employed by the giant outsourcing company, Serco, will stage a two week strike across Barts Health NHS Trust in “a battle against low pay and exploitation”. Unite members who are cleaners, porters, security, catering and reception staff across St Barts, Royal London Hospital, and Whipps Cross will take strike action beginning on Monday 31 January and ending on Sunday 13 February. Unite has warned that further strike action will follow if […]

NSSN 567: Support the Winter Strike Wave!

January 18, 2022 in Bulletins

Just a couple of weeks into 2022, we are seeing a growing wave of disputes as workers fight the cost of living squeeze and union victimisation. We will continue to report on these struggles and build support for them. You’ll find details in this, our weekly bulletin. More and more, the bosses are being pushed back and we continue to report on significant victories being won. And it won’t be lost on workers that the employers’ Tory government are wracked by crisis. Support the strike wave!     NSSN news Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate […]

NSSN 566: Workers start 2022 on the picket line!

January 10, 2022 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends all our supporters and affiliates New Year greetings. It’s already clear that 2022 is starting as 2021 ended – with a growing number of workers taking action to defend their living standards as inflation soars and also to ensure that their workplaces are safe in the omicron Covid wave. The NSSN will continue to support workers in struggle and use this weekly bulletin to build solidarity.   Stop victimisation of union reps Sign petition: Support Tracey Scholes – the 1st female Bus Driver at Queens Road, Manchester – protest Tuesday 11th January 1pm Queens Rd Depot, Cheetham […]

NSSN 564: Striking workers force more victories

December 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

This week’s NSSN bulletin reports on more cases of workers forcing employers back. Just in the last week, we’ve seen workers win outright victories or at least major concessions at Panasonic in Cardiff, Berkshire hospitals, Sandwell refuse, Royal Parks, Stanlow Oil Refinery, Morrisons, Liverpool Docks and Clarks in Somerset But as you will see in this bulletin, there are many more workers in dispute. Please keep supporting them. Striking wins!   Stop victimisation of union reps Defend Louise Lewis NEU NEC and Huddersfield union rep – (from Huddersfield Examiner) Huddersfield teacher was told she could return to school ‘with her […]

NSSN 563: Support the UCU HE strikes

November 30, 2021 in Bulletins

This week’s NSSN bulletin headlines with the 3-day strike by UCU members in higher education. Staff at 58 universities will be walking out this week, from Wednesday to Friday, December 1-3. UCU members at Goldsmiths University are on strike for three weeks in addition to this week’s action and members are also currently taking action at the Royal College of Art. This action along with the growing strikes shows that the mood of workers is building. Today is the 10th anniversary of the N30 public sector strike that saw 2 million workers strike together against Cameron and Osborne’s attacks on their […]