NSSN 271: Junior Doctors force Tories back

NSSN 271: Junior Doctors force Tories back

At the last minute, facing a strike that had already seen over 3,000 operations and 17,500 appointments cancelled, the Tories stepped back from the brink and withdrew the immediate threat of the imposition of new contracts for junior doctors. As a result, the BMA suspended the three days of industrial action on December 1, 8 and 16. Negotiations will now continue but if junior doctors don’t get what they want by January 13th, action can be put back on.

The NSSN sends solidarity to the junior doctors and the BMA. We appeal to all our supporters to support any action that they take if needed – strikes, demonstrations or protests. Scandalously, Tory Health Minister Jeremy Hunt had called for striking doctors to be ‘struck off’. Email messages of support to [email protected]

BMA members will decide what happens next. But this turn of events after an excellent campaign by tens of thousands of junior doctors, supported by other NHS workers and the overwhelming majority of the public surely shows what could be achieved if all health unions took action together.

Support the Junior Doctors! Defend the NHS!

For latest news and protests follow #JuniorContract and #NotFairNotSafe on twitter. Latest updates on BMA website here



BFAWU Press Release On Hovis, Wigan Job Losses (Nov 25) – On 25/11/15, Hovis made a company announcement, stating that they are to cease making bread at their Wigan site, with the proposed closure of the thirty sack bread plant. The BFAWU has entered in to a forty-five day consultation period, which began on 26/11/15.

BFAWU picket line at Hovis Wigan 2013
BFAWU picket line at Hovis Wigan 2013

The company have put forward a business case which states that the current downturn in the bread market and a long term forecast of ‘no change’ has led to this decision. However, the site will continue to manufacture crumpets and be a distribution point for bread products made at other sites around the country read more.   Please send solidarity messages to Hovis Wigan branch – [email protected]



Support the #CWU2 – reinstate Clive Walder & John Vasey!

Clive Walder, a longstanding leading rep in the CWU had an appeal against unfair dismissal rejected by British Telecom on 9 November, confirming his sacking after 38 years of service. Clive is chair of the CWU Birmingham, Black Country & Worcester branch.

Clive Walder
Clive Walder

Clive worked in a BT call centre and was dismissed after an aggressive customer reported him to management just 33 seconds into a phone call. The decision was made without taking stress into account despite the local CWU branch reporting that 7% of staff at the call centre leave their jobs each month, some walking out mid shift. Management took the decision without consulting any medical advice or taking into account any mitigation.

Clive is a NSSN steering committee member and we will be supporting the campaign protesting the sacking and campaigning for his reinstatement.

Contact Clive to send messages of support and invite him to your union branch, shop stewards committee, trades council etc – [email protected] 07771931185


John Vasey, a CWU postal rep in Wakefield, West Yorkshire has also been sacked on what his work colleagues recognise as stitched up charges. John is waiting for the outcome of his appeal that took place earlier this week. The NSSN calls on all our supporters and affiliates to support John’s campaign for reinstatement and his union the CWU:-

Messages of protest to Jon Millidge, Royal Mail Group HR Director, c/o Tallents House, South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

(Copies to Paul Clays, CWU Regional Secretary, 6 Concept Court, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, YORK, YO30 4XF – e-mail: [email protected])

John Vasey, sacked Royal Mail rep
John Vasey, sacked Royal Mail rep

Please sign the petition and like Reinstate John Vasey  on Facebook



NSSN / Kill the Bill news

As expected, the Tory Trade Union Bill passed its 3rd reading on November 10th. It now goes to the Lords. But we must keep up the pressure and prepare for resisting it if it becomes law.

See videos of John McDonnell, PCS Vice-President John McInally John McInally and  NSSN chair Rob Williams speaking at TUCG protest outside Parliament that night

TUCG statement on the Trade Union Bill here


Rob Williams NSSN chair was interviewed live on BBC’s Daily Politics at TUC Congress watch here at about 30 minutes

NSSN North East day of action and public meeting Saturday December 5th: The Network will be in Newcastle from 11:00 at Sports Direct’s Northumberland Street store, where we will attempt to organise staff in conjunction with Unite the Union. After the protest there will be a #KillTheBill public meeting – 1.30pm Pumphreys Cellar Bar 44 Cloth Market, NE1 1EE Newcastle upon Tyne https://www.facebook.com/events/1663072227303010/

Early notice – the 10th annual NSSN conference will on Saturday July 2nd 2016 in Conway Hall, London. Please put in your new diaries!!

Yorkshire NSSN Conference: Stop the Union Busters / Organise the Unorganised – Saturday, 27 February 2016 at 10am Cosmopolitan Hotel 2 Lower Briggate, LS1 4AE Leeds https://www.facebook.com/events/514766158692960/

Xmas present!! The last two pink NSSN ‘£10 Now’ t-shirts are available for £8. Both are women’s large sizes. First come first served! Order by emailing [email protected]

Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate to the NSSN – it only costs £50. Already affiliated? Please think about renewing it. Also, many of our supporters pay a few pounds a month. You can set up a similar standing order to ‘National Shop Stewards Network’, HSBC – sort code 40-06-41, account number 90143790. Our address is NSSN, PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE. Affiliation letter here

Download the ‘Join the NSSN’ leaflet here

And if you can, come to one of our regional Conferences. If there is not one in your area, get in touch to either assist in organising or have a speaker at one of your meetings or events. Contact Rob or Linda on [email protected]



Union News


RMT ballot of Serco Caledonian Sleeper begins (30 Nov) – RMT ballot for action in dispute with Serco Caledonian Sleeper opens this week. Balloting of RMT members on the Caledonian Sleeper in a dispute with new operator Serco begins this week with the ballot closing on the 15th December. Ballot papers will be sent out to members tomorrow, Tuesday 1st December, with a recommendation from the union to vote YES for both strike action and action short of a strike read more

RMT strike ballot of Southern Rail conductors begins (30 Nov) – RMT strike ballot of Southern Rail conductors begins this week. Balloting of nearly 400 conductors on Southern Rail for both strike action and action short of a strike begins this week over a range of issues which have led to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations read more

Defend Glen Hart – Wednesday, 9 December, 2015 – 08:00 to 11:30. Demo at Clapham Common station to kick off the camapign to stop London Underground targeting Glen because of his Trade Union activities – Meet outside Clapham Common Station at 0800 on Wednesday December 9. London Underground bosses could face a London-wide Tube strike by RMT union members if they proceed with disciplinary action against union activist Glen Hart. Bosses tried to sack Glen last year during strikes over cuts to stations. He followed union instructions not to work overtime and closed his station because there was no relief. But bosses could not sack Glen because there was no evidence he did anything wrong. Now, bosses have laid new trumped up charges against Glen for allegedly being rude to a manager. There are no witnesses and no evidence. Glen has fought tirelessly to oppose Tube bosses’ attacks. The RMT says if the charges are not dropped it will ballot all grades for industrial action. DEFEND GLEN HART – SOLIDARITY WINS read more

Demonstrate for dignity and respect for cleaners 3pm Tuesday 15 December, 2015 – London Underground cleaners say: pay us the money we earn! We are not the dirt we clean! Demonstrate for dignity and respect for cleaners. Interserve HQ 1-3 College Hill, London EC4R 2RA (nearest Tube: Cannon Street) read more



‘Pensions not paid at Northamptonshire boat builders for three months’, claims Unite (1 Dec) – Northamptonshire luxury boat builders Fairline Boats has not paid its pension contributions for the 468-strong workforce for three months, Unite, the country’s largest union, claimed today (Tuesday 1 December), as the fate of the company remains cloaked in management silence and evasion.  The future of the firm, since its recent takeover by private equity firm Wessex Bristol, has been plagued by about 185 lay-offs; a company refusal to talk to the local MP Tom Pursglove; and, it is claimed, the failure of the firm to make any pension contributions for the last three months, although money had been deducted from staff wages read more

Huddersfield Bus Strike – On 30 November, Huddersfield First UK Bus drivers took one-day strike action in protest at management’s decision to tear up a local pay agreement dating back to April. Unite the Union balloted members and got a 92% vote for strike action after a 97% turnout. Despite last minute talks at ACAS with the union offering certain compromise suggestions, the company refused to negotiate. They then sent a threatening letter to Unite telling the union that it would be fined £500,000 if the strike went ahead. This was followed with an individual letter to every driver’s home address before the strike, arguing their action was illegal!  Despite these bully boy tactics, the strike was solid with only one driver reporting for work. Pickets were out in force in freezing temperatures. Further strikes are planned if the company does not relent. Huddersfield was brought to a traffic standstill as most buses were off the road. Messages and donations to; Phil Bown, Unite, 300 Barrow Road Sheffield S9 1JG or [email protected].

Pay dispute at North East’s biggest housing association group triggers industrial action (30 Nov) – Repairs and maintenance to homes managed by Thirteen, the largest group of housing associations in the north east, could be delayed and postponed in the run-up to Christmas as it becomes embroiled in a pay dispute. Unite is calling on its 450 members to take part in a continuous work-to-rule, call-out ban and ban on overtime starting at 00:01 on Saturday (5 December). The union says that some of its members could lose as much as £4,000-a-year, while the chief executive Alison Thain’s package substantially increased from £158,000 in 2014 to £176,000 for 2015, excluding pension contributions read more

EDF Energy staff suspend strike for ACAS talks (27 Nov) – A week-long strike by EDF Energy workers carrying out Smart meter installations, due to start on Monday (30 November), has been suspended for talks to take place with the conciliation service, Acas. Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Friday 27 November) that it met the company yesterday and it was agreed that three days of talks would take place under the auspices of Acas on 8, 9 and 10 December. As a result, strike action has been suspended. About 70 staff at EDF headquarters at Bexleyhealth, Kent and Canning Town, East London were due to strike from 00.01 on Monday 30 November until 23.59 on Friday 4 December read more

Norwich rally to oppose ‘draconian’ Trade Union bill on 3 December (27 Nov) – A public meeting in Norwich for those angry at the government’s draconian Trade Union bill, designed to curb the legitimate and democratic rights of working people, will be held at the city’s football club on Thursday 3 December. Unite, the country’s largest union, is hosting the Carrow Road meeting at 19.00 at the Top of the Terrace. A number of high profile speakers have been invited including Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner, PCS union vice-president John McInally, Rob Williams from the National Shop Stewards Network, Joanne Rust, former Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Norfolk and Jan McLachlan from Norfolk People’s Assembly read more

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Stockport demonstration against cuts – assemble at Stockport Council starting at 2.15pm and going on until 5.30pm on the 16th December



Strong start to rolling action across DVSA (1 Dec) – There was a strong start to 4 days of rolling regional strike action by PCS members in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Our members in the DVSA took part in two days of strike action last month against their employer’s plans to press ahead with plans to extend the working day and increase the number of driving tests examiners would be expected to carry out. We believe this poses a serious risk to road safety. Last week the employer ramped up attacks on staff. As part of the dispute members were asked to take action short of strike, including a work to rule and overtime ban, until it is resolved. DVSA is now threatening to dock members’ pay and even send them home every time they follow the work to rule. Given this threat it was clear that our action had to be escalated read more

Scottish TUC to rally against the trade union bill (30 Nov) – PCS is backing a rally against the trade union bill in Glasgow on 10 December, featuring Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Scottish TUC has organised a high-profile trade union bill rally on the evening of Thursday, 10 December at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall read more

Government to try again to sell off Land Registry (27 Nov) – The government has announced it is to ‘consult on options to move operations of the Land Registry to the private sector from 2017’ just over a year since a high-profile PCS campaign saw off attempts to sell it off read more



Support London firefighters and the FBU – protesting on December 2nd to save jobs, fire appliances….and lives!! Protest against slashing of 13 engines and 184 firefighter jobs in London – 2nd December, 12.30, City Hall SE1 2AA https://twitter.com/LondonFBU/status/666672048379469828

FBU opposes cuts to North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service – North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are currently consulting on £1.2m worth of cutbacks. These include plans to reduce crewing levels and equipment at six fire stations, as well as replacing some fire engines with smaller ‘response vehicles’. The fire stations to be directly affected are, Tadcaster, Harrogate, Scarborough, Malton, Northallerton and Ripon. The decision regarding the cuts will be made on Wednesday 9th December, with the FBU holding a rally and protest at the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, Oaklands Way, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 3FA

Merseyside firefighters could take industrial action in protest against budget cuts (Nov 27) – Firefighters on Merseyside could take industrial action because of cuts to their budget, the region’s union bosses have warned read more

News report of West Midlands FBU lobby of Fire Authority watch here



Student nurses protest today December 2nd 2pm Department of Health against government plans to axe the NHS bursary for nursing degrees https://www.facebook.com/events/1520448934947698/

United Utilities pensions closure plan rejected (Nov 30) – Unions at North West utilities firm consider next steps after rejecting plans to close final salary scheme to all staff read more



North West Water No To Pension Cuts (Dec 1) – GMB Members At United Utilities Overwhelming Vote To Reject Cuts To Pensions From April 2016. We are considering alongside the other unions the next steps with the possibility of moving to an industrial action ballot says GMB read more

11 Dec Enfield Parking Strike (Nov 30) – GMB NSL parking enforcement staff in Enfield to strike on 11th December to secure £9.40 per hour Living Wage. NSL in Camden and Kensington and Chelsea have shown they are capable of reaching decent settlements and members in Enfield want a similar deal says GMB read more

Brighton Parking Attendants to strike for 6 days (Nov 30) – GMB Brighton & Hove Parking Attendants Give Notice Of Six Days Of Strike Action In December In Dispute Over Pay Offer. Lack of response leaves us with no alternative but to go ahead with strike action until we get a decent offer for these members says GMB. The six dates notified are 5th , 6th, 11th, 12th,19th and 20th December. More dates will follow after 26th December read more



Aberdeen University lecturers ballot for industrial action after university refuses to rule out compulsory job losses (1 Dec) – Lecturers at the University of Aberdeen will tomorrow begin to receive ballot papers asking them to vote for industrial action. UCU is balloting members after the university refused to rule out compulsory redundancies despite having made around £8 million of savings read more

Open University strike – UCU members at the Open University staged a one-day walk-out on November 25 following the university’s decision to push ahead with controversial plans to close seven regional centres, putting 502 jobs at risk. Further rolling one-day strikes at the different sites to begin on 30 November*. The strikes will be the first time staff have taken action over a local dispute in the university’s history

OU strike

Wednesday 2 December: Oxford

Thursday 3 December: Leeds

Friday 4 December: Gateshead

Monday 7 December: Cambridge

Tuesday 8 December: Bristol

Wednesday 9 December: Nottingham

Thursday 10 December: Manchester

Friday 11 December: Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Milton Keynes national offices read more



Teachers at “chaotic” Tech City free school vote unanimously to strike (Nov 30) – The following post is an extract from a Press Release issued by Islington NUT this evening:

Teachers at “chaotic” free school vote unanimously to strike after over-stressed and anxious colleague collapses in front of class and paramedics have to be called. Strike action was also taken by NUT members at STEM6 in February 2014. Teachers at Tech City, a 16-19 free school formerly known as STEM 6, have voted unanimously to strike for five days before the Xmas holidays in support of their demand for humane and workable performance management and a fair pay policy. (Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December) read more on blog of Martin Powell-Davies NUT NEC  Please send message of support to: [email protected]    www.islingtonteachers.org.uk/home

“Strike wins policies that protect John Roan teachers’ working conditions” (Nov 25) – The following statement has been issued by the John Roan NUT group this evening: “The NUT is pleased to announce that, thanks to the substantial progress that has been made in negotiations, we are now close to a resolution of the dispute at the John Roan School. Our dispute focussed around the imposition of two policies this term: the Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) policy and the Appraisal Policy read more on blog of Martin Powell-Davies NUT NEC

Further strikes called at Alfreton Grants Art College in Derbyshire – A further 11 days have been set following a public meeting of 200 parents/supporters attending. The  days are Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November after strikes that took place on the 17th, 18th and 19th last week. This will be followed by the 1st, 2nd 3rd, 8th, 9th and 10th December. The picket lines are set in the morning to 9am. The dispute is over alterations to the school day – longer on Monday to Thursday and shorter on a Friday for the children



Ballots for action against Trinity Mirror’s digital targets (27 Nov) – NUJ Trinity Mirror chapels are balloting members for action against the company’s “individual digital audience goals”, where reporters’ stories are measured in terms of the digital traffic they generate. The union has given notice that it is balloting in Newcastle, North Wales, Birmingham and Coventry. Other chapels are also meeting to consider holding a ballot. Ballot papers are due to go out from Tuesday 1 December and Wednesday 2 December in Newcastle read more



Strike ballot at Arqiva threatens Christmas TV (Nov 25) – TV transmission schedules over the Christmas period will be threatened if union members at Arqiva vote for industrial action. The ballot which gets underway on Friday 27 November, with a closing date of 11 December, is prompted by a long-running dispute over pensions. BECTU is urging a ‘yes’ vote to the two questions covering strike action and action short of strike read more



ASLEF to re-ballot Arriva Trains Wales drivers (26 Nov) – Arriva Trains Wales has reneged on the agreed dispute resolution of 11th November and unfortunately ASLEF has been left with no option other than to re-ballot drivers for industrial action on Arriva Trains Wales read more



IWGB couriers join Critical Mass ride to protest exploitative wages at City Sprint (27 Nov) – Today, the courier’s branch of the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will join forces with Critical Mass, a mass monthly London bike ride, as part of the IWGB couriers’ campaign for the London Living Wage at industry leader City Sprint read more



Other News

SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee Open Meeting December 8          TUC Congress House, Great Russell St, WC1B 3LS London – The next meeting of the SERTUC Creative & Leisure Industries Committee will feature Professor Kate Oakley as our guest speaker. She will be looking at the impact of the Autumn Budget statement for spending on arts & culture. We’ll also be discussing some of the ongoing campaigns we’re supporting – such as “Show Culture Some Love”; the BBC “Love it or lose it campaign”; “Keep Museums & Galleries Free”; and “Save the Cass”. This will be an “open” meeting – so trade union members and friends of the arts are welcome to attend. To do so, please register in advance via email to Jo Williams – at [email protected]   https://www.facebook.com/events/1678817359032395/

Invitation to the “No Human is Illegal” meeting on 9 December 2015 at 18:30 at the Houses of Parliament

As Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre we believe that refugees from around the world should be treated with dignity and respect. We recently visited the refugees at the Calais “jungle” and were saddened by the atrocious conditions we observed. What we saw has strengthened our resolve to work with community groups, trade unions and charities as well as our elected representatives in councils and in Parliament to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees and seek a resolution to the crisis. We understand that the resolution of the refugee crisis requires a collective effort, and we are grateful for the support of Kate Osamor MP, who will be hosting a meeting at the Houses of Parliament to discuss how we can work together better to alleviate the inhumane conditions in Calais and seek a sustainable long term solution to the issue.

The meeting will take place on 9 December 2015 at 18:30 at room Conference Room 6 at the Houses of Parliament, and we would be honoured if you were available to join us. I would be grateful if you could please let us know your availability to attend by either emailing me or by registering on Eventbrite using the link here

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat please contact me

Best wishes

Oktay Sahbaz Day-mer [email protected]


Trade Union rep courses at The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

We are happy to release the new dates of the rep courses starting in January 2016. Please use the attached documents for yourself or anyone who will be interested in starting a course.

Thank you for your continual support.

Kind regards

Trade Union Education

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

020 8442 3075

[email protected]


Blacklisting & Victimisation

Buy the book ‘Blacklisted: The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists’ Author: Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain. Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies used to keep union activists away from work. See the official trailer from ReelNews  

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work in 2015 we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Blacklist Support Group Update – 27th November 2015

  1. Women activists win major breakthrough in undercover policing scandal

The Met Police have apologised publicly to the women activists who were deceived into long term relationships with undercover police officers. Until now the police would ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’ whether the men involved were even police officers. The apology is a major breakthrough and should be read by everybody on the ‘Spies Out of Lives’ website. The apology from the Met Police to the women activists should set the tone for the kind of apology blacklisted workers should expect from the construction employers.

The institutional sexism of the police and the detail of the abuse will be investigated fully by the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover policing of which the women are all ‘core participants’. The fight by these women activists against the might of the British secret state is heroic. They are an inspiration to our movement and the Blacklist Support Group are honoured to have worked alongside the campaign. Helen Steel and other women activists also appear on the construction industry blacklist. We are immensely proud of you all.










  1. Day of Action on Blacklisting – Monday 7th December 2015

9am – High Court blacklisting group litigation (meet outside the Royal Courts of Justice for photo-opportunity)

6pm – Westminster Parliament – with John McDonnell MP

9pm – Xmas celebration drinks

This is the first legal hearing since the employers admitted their guilt and apologised for their role in the Economic League and Consulting Association blacklisting scandal. Bring your banners and your ‘Blacklisted’ t-shirts



  1. Scotland

Following our recent meeting in the Scottish parliament – there have been major articles in the quality press:



  1. Corporate & state spying on union activists in USA



  1. Construction industry

Teesside PayTheRate protest comes to Liverpool http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-city-centre-protest-over-10475809


Umbrella Scam – http://www.ucatt.org.uk/construction-workers-face-wage-loss-following-umbrella-company-expenses-ban

Sickness – http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-db29-Lack-of-sick-pay-forcing-builders-to-clock-on-ill


  1. Victimisation of CWU union reps Clive Walder and John Vasey

Support them on social media via #ReinstateCliveandJohn #SupportCWU2


  1. Don’t forget that ‘Blacklisted’ book makes a great Xmas prezzie for all the family (apparently)


Blacklisted book http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlCa8yQmZ70

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/



International (also see Labourstart)

Turkey should release Can Dündar & Erdem Gül immediately read more on NUJ website

Korea: Stop attacks on trade unions now read more


Diary (see & use false economy)




3 Fight the Tory Anti-Trade Union Bill Norwich public meeting 19:00

Where: Top of the terrace venue at Norwich City Football

club, Carrow Road, NR1 1JE. Speakers: Steve Turner (Unite AGS), Jo Rust (Unison and former PPC for North west Norfolk), Jan McLachlan (Norfolk

People’s Assembly), John McInally (PCS Vice president) and Rob

Williams (Chair of National Shop Stewards Network)

12 Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils

Conference: “London against austerity” 10am







27 Yorkshire NSSN Conference: Stop the Union Busters / Organise the Unorganised – 10am Cosmopolitan Hotel 2 Lower Briggate, LS1 4AE Leeds https://www.facebook.com/events/514766158692960/



2 10th annual NSSN conference in Conway Hall, London




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