Bulletin 155 – Stop ambulance cuts & Defend Union Rights!

NSSN e-bulletin 155 – “We will not be silenced!’

Stop ambulance cuts in Yorkshire and defend union rights!

Request for support: “The campaign against cuts to patient safety via the use of unqualified staff and the de-recognition of Unite the Union at Yorkshire Ambulance Service continues. All Trades Councils have been written to requesting urgent action by Yorks & Humberside TUC.

Please  email David Whiting [email protected] and ask him to justify the reduction in patient safety by using unqualified staff. We have learnt that Mr Whiting has a history of implementing cuts and thereby causing industrial unrest . He subsequently left the area to take up his position at YAS where he began to implement the cuts that caused this current dispute.

We have learned that the ambulance response times are getting worse and the trust have issued instructions for drivers to treat non-emergency calls as emergency to get there quicker so we are seeking advice on this as it could mean that our members are prosecuted for unwarranted use of sirens etc.

I attach a petition that we intend to present at the next Trust Board meeting on 3rd September. Please could you get as many signatures as possible and return to Tina Garbutt, Unite the Union, 55 Call Lane, Leeds, LS17BW to arrive no later than Friday 30th August.

Even if you only get a few names on your sheet it will still be worthwhile.”

In Solidarity Steve Miller Unite EC (personal capacity)


This struggle and many others like it around the country in the NHS show why it is vital that the TUC demonstration outside the Tory Party Conference in Manchester is massive. It has been called to ‘Save our NHS – Defend Jobs & Services. No to Austerity’. For more details, including transport – TUC Unite  Unison  The NSSN will be having a contingent behind our banner: ‘for a 24 hour general strike to stop the Tory cuts!’ March with us!

However we do believe co-ordinated industrial action is a key part of the strategy to save the NHS and fight austerity overall and its urgent. Therefore we will continue to lobby the TUC now and also at TUC conference on Sep 8th. Please join us!  We are pleased to announce this lobby is now supported by five TUC Joint Consultative Committee (TUCJCC) Regional Representatives and the TUC National Unemployed Centres Combine.

Lobby the TUC Congress on Sunday September 8th – All out Together in November! NSSN rally at the TUC Congress at Bournemouth on September 8th followed by a lobby of Congress.

Confirmed speakers:  Bob Crow, Mark Serwotka, Steve Gillan, Ronnie Draper and Ian Lawrence (RMT, PCS, POA, BFAWU and NAPO general secretaries respectively) Alec McFadden (North West representative on TUCJCC for trades councils and also President Merseyside County TUC), Teresa MacKay TUCJCC & Ipswich Trades Council and Linda Taaffe (NSSN).

A rally will take place between 12.30pm-2.30pm Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth (opposite Bournemouth International Centre, TUC Congress venue). There will be a coach to the lobby from Hampshire. To book a seat on transport from your area, email [email protected] or if you are able to arrange some and have space, let us know.

Feel free to use our Model Motion: Lobby TUC 8 September! The FULL affiliation letter and motion can be downloaded from our website. Consider adding ‘That their general secretaries should meet with other willing unions prior to the TUC to liaise on co-ordination (&) we fully support the 29th September NHS March in Manchester.

And if you couldn’t attend the last serious and inspiring NSSN conference please see a Video from that has been put together and share with others.  here This weeks bulletin is mostly put together by Rob Williams chair NSSN

Union News



‘Boris Bike’ workers strike & J33 protest (August 12) –RMT members working for Serco, who operate the London bicycle scheme today started a 48-hour strike… read more

RMT Serco Barclays London bike strike starts Sunday in fight for fair pay and workplace justice (August 9) – members of transport union RMT will begin 48 hours of strike action on Sunday evening on the so-called Serco Barclays “Boris” bikes after a 100% vote for strike action by the workforce on the London cycle scheme over a range of grievances read more  and here

As Government confirms latest ticket robbery RMT reveals that over the last decade rail fares have risen faster than house prices (August 13) – As the Government confirms the latest rail fares robbery linked to today’s RPI figures, meaning that fares will soar by an average 4.1%, rail union RMT revealed that rail fares have easily outstripped the soaring housing market read more

RMT to ballot for strike action over tube and rail job threat (August 12) – RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT has warned that the Government cuts of 12.5% to TFL budgets would result in thousands of job losses and now the numbers are being confirmed we are prepared to ballot across the Capital for strike action in defence of jobs and services read here


Pub delivery drivers across the UK to be balloted for industrial action (13 August) – Nearly 1,000 workers at transport and logistics giant, Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics (KNDL) are being balloted this week for industrial action over continual breaches in working agreements read more

Serco defence workers to decide next move in pay dispute (12 August) – Serco workers on Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts at three Lincolnshire RAF bases will be deciding on the next steps this week in their campaign against a paltry one per cent pay offer read more

Glass workers in Yorkshire and Scotland suspend strikes, as they vote on improved pay offer (9 August) – Workers at glass manufacturers Ardagh Glass in Yorkshire and Scotland have suspended strike action, due to start today (Friday 9 August), as they consider a new improved 5.5 per cent two-year pay deal read more


Pension posters and leaflet available for download (August 13) – As the members’ ballot on industrial action over pensions enters it’s last fortnight, we’ve added posters and an A5 leaflet to the site to download. Copies of the posters should by now have arrived at all branches, and the leaflet has been sent to all members’ home addresses read more


Date set for Pickles legal challenge (13 August 2013) – A trial date has been set for next month for our legal challenge to Eric Pickles over a breach of our members’ contracts. The Department for Communities and Local Government wants to end the decades-old system, known as ‘check off’, for collecting union subscriptions through salaries read more

Solidarity with miners’ justice campaign (13 August) – PCS is backing calls for an independent enquiry into policing at the Orgreave coke works during the Miners’ Strike, one of the most notorious incidents of the dispute read more


Support Bridgewater Royal Mail Strikes (August 9) – Circular sent by CWU branch chair Dave Chapple. Bridgwater Royal Mail dispute: thank you from 110 strikers for your financial support and picket-line solidarity! Our next four days of strike action are this Saturday August 10th, Monday August 12th, Saturday August 17th, and Monday August 19th: please continue your support!  read more

CWU seeks job assurances following ROMEC sale (9th August) – CWU has today (Friday) expressed concern at the sale by Balfour Beatty of its 49% share in Royal Mail maintenance company ROMEC read more

Parcelforce staff say no to privatisation (7th August) – Staff working in Parcelforce have voted by more than nine to one against plans to privatise Royal Mail Group, of which they are a part read more

Airwave talks reach impasse (7th August) – Airwave’s intransigence on plans to attack the terms and conditions of existing workers is looking increasingly likely to trigger a full-scale industrial relations crisis read more


Ballot On Police Staffs Pay (August 13) – GMB Members Employed As Police Staff In England And Wales To Be Consulted On 1% Pay Offer For 2013. As the employers were unable to enter into negotiations because of government pay policy a vote to reject the offer carries with it a willingness to undertake industrial action says GMB read more

Strikes At Brighton Golf Courses (August 13) – Further GMB Strikes At Brighton Golf Courses From 19th August In Dispute About Up To £4,000 Pay Cut For Green Keepers  read more

Strike Action at Stansted In Pay Dispute (August 12) – GMB Members Overwhelming Vote For Strike Action At Stansted Airport Over Pay Cuts For Checked In Baggage Scanning Staff. The company were told that pay cuts were not acceptable to our members Mitie went ahead and imposed these pay cuts from June leading to strike action between 23rd to 26th August says GMB read more

GMB Strike Action In Liverpool (August 9) – GMB Members Employed By Contractor Amey In Liverpool To Strike Again On Friday 16th And 23rd In Dispute Over Jobs And Pay. City Council should step in to get this dispute settled so that a normal service can be delivered to the people of Liverpool says GMB read more

New Offer To Glass Workers (August 9) – Ardagh Glass Strike Suspended To Allow Members To Consider New Offer Tabled By Employer. As the company have tabled this revised offer we feel duty bound to put to our members in an indicative ballot says GMB. Strike action due to begin today 9th August at 4 Ardagh Glass sites at Doncaster, Irvine, Knottingley and Barnsley has been suspended to allow union members to consider a new offer tabled by the employer read more


Next phase of Rallies of Education:

London Saturday 14th September 2013

Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, Greater London SW1P 3EE 11am to 12.30pm Speakers: Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT; Patrick Roach, Deputy General Secretary, NASUWT. Directions to venue:

Nottingham Saturday 14th September 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH 11am to 12.30pm  Speakers: Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT and Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, NUT. Directions to venue:

Cambridge Saturday 21st September 2013

The University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1AD 11am to 12.30pm Speakers: Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT and Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, NUT. Directions to venue: http://goo.gl/maps/TrFCv

Exeter Saturday 21st September 2013

The Methodist Church Sidwell Street (nr Odeon Cinema), 60-64 Sidwell Street, Exeter, EX4 6PH 11am to 12.30pm Speakers: Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT and Patrick Roach, Deputy General Secretary, NASUWT. Directions to venue: http://goo.gl/maps/EpmZY


Defend the Four: Court awards £49,000 – On Friday 9 August, the employment tribunal dealing with the Unison leadership’s illegal banning of the ‘Socialist Party Four’ from office issued its judgement as to what compensation Unison would have to pay read more

Paediatric situation critical declares UNISON (August 13) – The news that in-patient paediatric services for Bedford are unlikely to be returning to the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is bad news for the dedicated staff, the community and is ‘situation critical’ for those with children who rely on these services to be delivered locally read more


Now Boris Plans to Sack Key Safety Staff Across Tube Network (13 August) – Mayor Accused Of Being “Foolish and Irresponsible”. A new safety row erupted today over secret plans by Boris Johnson to close all 268 Tube offices across the capital in the next two years and axe thousands of jobs read more

Boris to axe 6,000 jobs & 268 Tube ticket offices (12 August) – London Mayor Boris Johnson is to axe 6,000 tube and rail jobs and close all 268 tube ticket offices across the capital, it was revealed today read more


Action for Rail fare protests (13 Aug) – ASLEF were among the many campaigners handing out postcards at 47 stations across the country this morning, calling on MPs to put people before profits and return our railways to public ownership read more


Indy management called back to the table on eve of NUJ action (August 8) – The NUJ is calling on the management of the Independent to re-engage in meaningful talks over the future of its titles read more

NUJ members negotiate best pay deal for Usborne staff (August 8) – NUJ members working at children’s publisher Usborne have voted to accept an improved pay offer of 3.3 per cent for all staff. The original offer from management was 2.5 per cent read more

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Campaign against ‘blacklisting’ Chicago airport bidder goes stateside (August 13) – A delegation from Britain’s largest union, Unite, is in Chicago today (Tuesday 13 August) lobbying councillors and decision makers involved in the Chicago Midway Airport privatisation about Ferrovial’s involvement in ‘blacklisting’ on the London Crossrail project read more

New blacklisting video from Reel News (August 9) – Taken from the Reel News Website. There has been huge strides for the campaign against the illegal blacklisting of trade unionists over the past 18 months; the sparks victory in the BESNA dispute, the Scottish affairs select committee report, the high court conspiracy trial coming up against Sir Robert McAlpine, numerous tribunals and actions in the European court of human rights, and now UNITE and GMB putting serous resources into the campaign. Now everything is centering on the Crossrail project, where 17 of the 38 known blacklisters are operating. Join the campaign and get blacklisted trade unionists back where they belong – on sites organising see video here

McAlpine drags rivals into its blacklist defence (9 August) – Sir Robert McAlpine has added at least nine other contractors as co-defendants against a multi-million pound legal action by blacklisted building workers. Solicitors Guney, Clark and Ryan are acting for more than 100 construction workers who launched the compensation claim last year. The claim was made against McAlpine, who were defending the action on their own read more

On Saturday 24 August 2013 Croydon Trades Union Council is holding a special event to support George Tapp who was so seriously injured while campaigning against Black Listing. The event will also be an opportunity for Trades Unionists to show general support for the Anti-Blacklisting Campaign. The event at Ruskin House (Croydon’s Trade Union and Labour Centre) 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD will be addressed by leading speakers from the Anti-Blacklisting Campaign. There will be live music and the Ruskin House Club Bar will be open from 7pm

Whipps Cross NHS – EMERGENCY! You are needed to defend your job, the hospital and your union! Public meeting – Monday 19th August at 7.30pm, William Morris community centre Greenleaf road, London e17 6qq

Pentonville 5 Annual Commemoration 1972-2013: remember our history – fight for today fight the attack on unions  – Organised by Cities of London & Westminster Trades Council with Islington Trades Union Council – Dockers Network – Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils Friday 16 August 2013 18.00, Unite HQ 128 Theobald’s Road London wc1x 8tn

Other News

The Mass Sleep Out (TMSO) is a national day of action being held on August 24th, 2013. On this day people will gather in towns and cities across the UK and sleep on the streets, to raise awareness of the impending mass homelessness brought on by the bedroom tax and other government cuts read more Reports from zero-hour contract protests in London, Dundee and Sheffield (August 12) see Youth Fight for Jobs website  Plymouth Youth Fight for Jobs protest and public meeting to fight zero-hour contracts (August 12)

International (see also labourstart)

Peru: Civil Service Act threatens trade union rights read more

Diary (also see & use False Economy)


15 NAPO meeting ‘The Probation Service, Public Service or Private Profit’ 7pm at City College, Brighton on Pelham Street,

17 Brighton Benefits Road Show Moulsecoomb 12noon

19 Whipps Cross NHS – EMERGENCY! You are needed to defend your job, the hospital and your union! Public meeting – Monday 19th August at 7.30pm, William Morris community centre Greenleaf road, London e17 6qq

24 Mass Sleep-out New Steine Gardens starting from 2pm Drawing attention to homelessness which will be caused by the Bedroom Tax & the assault on housing rights

Dublin Lock out Conference 9-7pm  Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Sq, London, Austin Harney and Gerry Downing, CRAIC Fighting the Cuts, PO Box No. 59188, London, NW2 9LJ; Email: [email protected] ; Mobile: 07980255642

29 August to 4 September DPAC Week of Action Local events/actions to be confirmed

Aug to end of Nov ‘Call me Mr. Robeson’ play


8 NSSN Rally at the TUC Congress at Bournemouth followed by a lobby of Congress.

12 noon-3pm Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth (opposite Bournemouth International Centre – TUC conference venue).

14 NUT Rallies for Education London and Nottingham

22 September Demo at the Labour Party Conference, Brighton Centre/Seafront – Details to TBC ‘Lest They Forget’ organising meeting to be arranged shortly

28 NUT Rallies for Education Cambridge and Exeter

29 National TUC Demonstration to save our NHS at Tory party Conference

30 Manchester Unite local government branch is hosting a showing of the exhibition about Liverpool’s socialist council 1983-87. Speakers include: Len McCluskey, Tony Mulhearn, Felicity Dowling, Ted Knight & Kevin Bennett. Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St. Manchester. Tel: 0161-234-1896 email [email protected].



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Secretary: Linda Taaffe 
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Phone: 07952 283 558 NSSN, PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE