Support the Royal Mail strike – for 48 hours starting 11am Thursday October 19th. As we write this bulletin, the CWU are in the High Court because Royal Mail management are seeking an injunction to stop the strike. This is despite the union smashing the undemocratic new voting thresholds in the Tory Trade Union Act. The NSSN calls on the whole of the labour and trade union movement to send support and solidarity to the CWU, especially if the injunction is granted www.cwu.org/campaign/the-four-pillars-of-security
CWU members are meeting outside the court from 10.15am on Thursday October 12th
Consultative pay ballot – the consultative ballot on the pay cap and whether members are prepared to take industrial action to protest against it, opened on October 9th
The ballot runs from Monday, 9 October to Monday, 6 November and you can vote by post, email or phone.
If you have not received a ballot paper in the post or received details of how to vote online to your personal email address by 20 October you should request a replacement ballot paper by emailing [email protected].
The ballot asks two questions:
Do you agree that the pay cap should be scrapped; and that funds should be made available to provide you with an above inflation pay rise?
If the government refuse to scrap the pay cap, are you prepared to take part in industrial action? Read more Mark Serwotka Facebook live pay Q&A 7pm Wednesday October 11
Britain still needs a pay rise – TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally
Date: Tuesday 17 October
NEW TIME!!: 6.30pm
Venue: Parliament Square https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/britain-still-needs-pay-rise-rally-fair-pay-public-servants
There is a London feeder march which is assembling at 5:30pm opposite Downing Street
Local ‘Britain still needs a pay rise’ events here
National Shop Stewards Network Solidarity Forum – 1pm-4pm Saturday October 21st Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS
Against the backdrop of the momentous strike by the Birmingham Bin Workers the NSSN is pleased to host this forum to bring together shop stewards and trade union activists from across many unions to discuss the lessons and inspiration we can take from the battle and how we can build support and solidarity for the many disputes and struggles developing across the country. From the Bakers Union and RMT to the fight to scrap the public sector pay cap as well as the current dispute of CWU members in Royal Mail.
Speakers from across the public and private sector including Terry Pullinger, CWU Deputy General Secretary Postal; Howard Beckett, Unite assistant general secretary; Richard Beddows, Birmingham Unite bin workers convenor; Paul Reilly, RMT national executive committee (NEC); Jane Nellist, NEU (previously NUT) NEC; John McInally PCS NEC; Rob Williams, NSSN chair. For more info email: [email protected] Facebook event
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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]
Save HMRC jobs in Teesside (10 Oct) – PCS has organised a rally in Stockton on October 21 to protest against the closure of the local HMRC office and to demand fair pay for public sector workers. PCS is fighting the proposed closure of the Revenue and Customs office at George Stephenson House in Thornaby-on-Tees, which could lead to the loss of 650 jobs. Two other sites in nearby Middlesbrough are also threatened with closure. Local MPs and the Tees Valley mayor are supporting the PCS campaign to ‘Keep Jobs Local’. HMRC’s programme of office closures can be linked to the government’s wider cuts agenda, and to the cap on civil service pay. The rally in Stockton on Saturday will be a joint demonstration against the office closures and the pay cap. The march will assemble at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday 21 October at Stockton Library, Church Road, Stockton TS18 1TU and the rally will take place at 12 noon on the High Street. Speakers will include PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka and the regional secretaries of UNISON and the NTUC, as well as other local union leaders. Send messages of support to R&[email protected]
Transport workers vote for strike action (10 Oct) – 84% vote in favour of strike action by PCS operational members at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in a dispute over travel time, the new driving test and other changes to flexible working. PCS believes this result will send a clear message to the DVSA that they must think again on forcing people to work longer, harder and for no pay. It is not acceptable to send people off to roadside checks and other workplaces without including the journey in their working time and without allowing them to go to their contractual usual workplace first read more
Support the Eastern Avenue strike – How you can help:
- Support the picket lines at 19 Eastern Avenue, Sheffield S2 2FZ
- Send messages of support to [email protected]
- Make a donation for this and all strikes to defend jobcentres and DWP offices to our fighting fund online or by cheque to PCS DWP Group, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY For all strikes to defend jobcentres and DWP offices
RMT members “solid, united and determined” on latest day of strike action over rail safety on Southern Rail, Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North/Northern Rail and Greater Anglia (5 Oct) – RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members stand solid, united and determined this morning in the latest phase of strike action in four separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to services before the profiteering of these rip-off private rail companies. “Political and public support is flooding in as our communities choose to stand by their guards against the financially and politically motivated drive to throw safety-critical staff off our trains” read more
National dispute fund (DOO disputes) – If you would like to donate to the RMT National Dispute Fund which makes payments to support their striking members taking part in National DOO disputes then you can donate via PayPal using the donate button below or make a cheque payable to RMT National Dispute Fund and send it to the address below. Alternatively, you can ring their Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706 who will be happy to process a credit card payment for you, or, if you would like to pay via internet banking, please email [email protected] for further details. Vicky Thompson, Finance Manager RMT, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD. Tel: 020-7529-8843
Demo: Justice for Tube cleaners – end outsourcing DEMONSTRATION, THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 9:00, Thursday 12 October Where: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA – London Underground has recently consolidated its major cleaning contracts into a single contract, predictably sold to the lowest bidder, American firm ABM. As with previous cleaning contracts, the main contractor, ABM, will outsource a significant proportion of the work to labour supply agencies such as AGS People, who pressure cleaners into registering as “self-employed”, or “limited liability companies” of one person, in order to avoid upholding their statutory rights. Cleaners have no company sick pay, and unlike other Tube staff, do not have travel passes to allow them to freely use the system they help run read more Facebook event
RMT suspends action on Stagecoach South West buses as new pay offer is put to members (10 Oct) – RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The union is able to confirm that new pay proposals have been tabled by management following intense negotiations. “After careful consideration and noting this development, the union’s National Executive Committee has decided to suspend the planned industrial action. The union will now conduct a referendum on the new proposals in the coming days. “Therefore, all the strike action which was due to start on Friday 13th October, Tuesday 17th October and Monday 30th October 2017 has been suspended and our members are instructed to work as normal on those days read more
Strikes loom at Iarnród Éireann as TSSA send out ballot papers (5 Oct) – Ballot papers are being sent out today to all TSSA members in the Executive, Professional & Technical, Supervisory and Clerical Grades in Iarnród Éireann enabling them to vote on taking industrial action up to and including strike action. Members have lost patience with the company’s continued derisory pay offer of just 1.5% read more
Northern Ireland Bombardier workers to urge MPs to defend UK manufacturing jobs (10 Oct) – A deputation of Bombardier workers will be flying from Belfast on Wednesday (11 October) to meet with MPs at the House of Commons and press the government into action to defend jobs, skills and communities and stand up to Boeing. Unveiling a giant banner outside parliament urging MPs from all parties to defend Bombardier jobs, the workers will be calling on prime minister Theresa May to summon Boeing to a summit with the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and workforce representatives read more
Banning zero hour contracts in UK hotel industry can be done (10 Oct) – Unite has today (10 October) hailed the decision by WGC, the UK’s leading supplier of outsourced hospitality and housekeeping services, to abolish zero hours contracts as a major step forward for workers and is calling on the UK hotel industry to follow its lead and work with the union. More than 5,000 workers employed as housekeepers, room attendants and porters in hotels up and down the country working under WGC hotel sector contracts, will be offered the opportunity to move to a guaranteed minimum hour contract from 1 November 2017. The good news comes as Unite teams up with the International union of food workers, and unions from around the world to mark Global Hotel Housekeepers week from 9 to 14 October – a worldwide campaign for dignity and safe work for hotel housekeepers
Unite Sellafield workers to take industrial action in pay dispute (5 Oct) – Unite members at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are gearing up to take industrial action over a ‘completely unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer that has been imposed by management. Unite said today (Thursday 5 October) that it will be informing Sellafield Ltd – a Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) company – in the near future of the dates for industrial action. This follows an industrial action ballot of its craft members which saw 90 per cent vote for strikes. Unite has more than 1,100 members, such as key electrical staff, who will strike and this will ratchet up pressure on the management as the GMB union has already started to take industrial action. The dispute centres on the company’s unilateral decision to impose a 1.5 per cent pay award from last month, backdated to 1 April read more
Fujitsu workers fight gagging of reps (5 Oct) – IT giant Fujitsu may face more industrial action as members of Unite prepare to hold a ballot for further industrial action in their long-running dispute. Unite members in Fujitsu overwhelmingly rejected the company’s proposals by 92 per cent. Unite says that members saw the proposals as an attack on union organisation, restricting reps’ ability to communicate with staff. The union has also launched an online petition opposing what it calls the victimisation of Unite reps read more
Navy faces ‘choppy waters’ as tug boat crew to vote on strike action in pay dispute (4 Oct) – The movement of Royal Navy vessels in and out of five UK ports could be severely disrupted, as tug boat crew ballot for strike action in a national pay dispute. Portsmouth, the home base of the navy’s new prestige £3.1bn aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, the navy’s largest-ever surface warship, could be affected. Unite which represents the 350 tug boat crew employed by Serco Marine Services, said the other four ports that could affected are at Greenock, Faslane, Kyle in Scotland and Devonport. Voting papers for strike action will start being delivered from Friday (6 October) to the tug boat crew, who work for the company on the Ministry of Defence contract in the five ports. It will close on Friday 20 October. The ballot for strike action, follows an overwhelming rejection of the imposition of a 1.8 per cent pay rise for 2016/7 and 2.2 per cent for 2017/8 read more
Support Birmingham binworkers – send messages of support via [email protected] and donations to Unite the Union, 9-17 Victoria St, West Bromwich B70 8HX
First Manchester buses on strike every Monday during October at Bolton and Rusholme depots – A major bus drivers’ strike is set to cause disruption to passengers during EVERY MONDAY of October read more from Manchester Evening News
Support striking British airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew read more. Donate to hardship fund – account name: Mixed Fleet Branch, sort code: 60-83-01 account number: 20376387 ref: MFU or make cheques out to Mixed Fleet Branch and post along with messages of support to: Unite the Union, 99 New Road, Harlington UB3 5BQ. Send messages of protest to BA CEO Alex Cruz [email protected]. Follow @MFUnite on twitter
Support Argos warehouse workers – Unite members completed a 3 week strike on August 15 in Basildon in Essex, Bridgwater in Somerset, Castleford (West Yorkshire) and Heywood (Greater Manchester) and joined by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent read more Please send messages of support to [email protected]. Strike fund donations should be made payable to Unite the Union and sent to Paula Hutchinson, 37 Camden Road, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3LY
Tulip Workers vote unanimously for Industrial Action After Pay Row and Health and Safety Cuts – the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) and Leicester Socialist Party attended an emergency branch meeting today for workers from Tulip, a food processing plant in Coalville. The members present voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action due to a series of abuses by their employers. This was after talks between Tulip and the Bakers’ Union (BFAWU) broke down read more from Leicester Socialist Party
Support the McDonalds workers who went on strike in Cambridge and Crayford on September 4th – the NSSN was proud to support the historic strike by the BFAWU bakers union, the first in McDonalds in the UK on a global day of action by fast food workers. NSSN chair Rob Williams spoke on the Crayford picket and then again at the solidarity protest outside Parliament to give our solidarity and support to these exploited workers. Keep sending solidarity to the BFAWU, donate to the strike fund and also help the fund by buying a #McStrike t-shirt. More info on the Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice website
Thousands march in Edinburgh to demand: Pay Up Now! – Edinburgh echoed to the demand “Pay Up Now!” at the weekend, as more than 5,000 public service workers marched through the Scottish capital. The march and rally was organised by UNISON as part of the union’s Pay Up Now! campaign, which is keeping pressure on both the Scottish and Westminster governments to end the pay cap and give all workers a decent pay rise read more
Schools funding is still in crisis – prepare to lobby Parliament on October 24th. Join us for a Lobby Against School Cuts to show MPs that, despite the Department of Education’s welcome rethink, there is still a problem read more
Derby Teaching Assistants update – IMPORTANT SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF UPDATE: The People of Derby Deserve Better. Negotiations between Derby City Council and UNISON to end the long running schools disputes have ended after the council refused to make any offer on any area of the dispute. The council has not resolved any of these issues. read more www.facebook.com/UnisonDerbyCityBranch
Support the Kinsley School cleaners in Wakefield on indefinite strike since September 6th – Facebook Group. Donate to strike fund – send to Wakefield Unison, 18 Gills Yard, Wakefield WF1 3BZ
October 17th strike by support staff at Charlton Park Academy – GMB members at Charlton Park Academy will be taking their third day of strike action to defend their sick pay rights. The school has dramatically reduced entitlement for staff on post academy contracts. It has threatened to withdraw sick pay for staff who may experience depression or anxiety as a consequence of work related stress. To add insult to injury, the Governing Body is suggesting staff can make up their entitlements by purchasing private insurance via moneymarket.com! NEU members are currently being balloted to join the action read more on Facebook event
Sellafield Firefighters’ Strike Back On (Oct 9) – Sellafield Limited management made what GMB believed was an offer in good faith a couple of months ago to resolve this dispute, but have broken their promises with the latest offer at the end of last week says GMB. GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has announced two 12-and-a-half hour strikes by firefighters at Sellafield will go ahead later this month in a dispute over pay after Sellafield management failed to keep promises made in July to settle the dispute. The strikes will take place on Tuesday October 17, between 6am and 6.30pm, and Thursday October 19 between 6am and 6.30pm. Firefighters were due to strike on July 24 before the industrial action was averted by last ditch talks. Further action was suspended to allow management time to implement a promised resolution which was to have been in place by the end of September at the latest read more
GMB campaign against wage cuts & redundancies at North Middlesex Hospital ‘BBQ at North Middlesex Hospital’ – The Porters and Domestics invite you to a BBQ Protest outside the Hospital entrance on Sterling Way, London N18 1QX on Thursday 12 October 12.00 Onwards. Medirest employees- attend during your break or with your supervisor permission
Picturehouse workers strike for 8 days of strike action at venues during the BFI London Film Festival – staff at the Hackney and Central cinemas will strike from 5pm on 6-8 October and from 11-15 October. (From Hackney Facebook page) “You can join our picket lines at Hackney and Central cinemas from 5pm on 6th-8th October and from 11th-15th October. The London Film Festival will make a lot of money for Cineworld at a time when many are taking part in a boycott of our cinemas. It is also a very clear message from the BFI and the Industry as a whole that they are willing to turn a blind eye to low pay and the sackings of trade union representatives. In short we feel the BFI has betrayed us” read more from the Guardian
Donate to the strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike
NUJ seeks blacklisting probe on O’Brien’s radio stations (6 Oct) – The National Union of Journalists has called on Communicorp to reconsider the ban on Irish Times journalists on media outlets owned by the group. Communicorp the Denis O’Brien-controlled radio group, which owns the country’s only two national commercial broadcasters, has instructed its staff that no Irish Times journalists should appear on its programmes read more
University of Leeds three-day strike goes ahead (11 Oct) – Staff at the University of Leeds will take three consecutive days of strike action starting tomorrow (Wednesday) in a dispute over changes to the university’s dismissal policies. UCU members will be on picket lines outside entrances to the university from 7:30am, including the main entrance via the Parkinson Steps on Woodhouse Road. In a ballot of UCU members, two-thirds (67%) of those who voted backed strike action. The strike, which will continue on Thursday and Friday, follows the university’s decision to amend its employment statute. The university wants to introduce a new catch-all power which would allow staff to be dismissed for ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ read more
Staff at University of Manchester vote ‘yes’ to strike action over proposed 140 job losses (4 Oct) – Members of UCU at the University of Manchester are planning to strike later this month after they overwhelmingly backed industrial action in a row over 140 job losses. A massive majority of members who voted (87%) backed industrial action in a ballot which closed at midday today. Strike action has been planned for Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October, and staff will then begin working to rule from Thursday 25 October. Of those who voted, 93% backed action short of a strike read more
National lobby of Parliament October 24th against school funding cuts (supported by NEU/GMB/Unison/ASCL/Unite/NAHT) – on Tuesday 24 October the National Education Union will hold a mass lobby of Parliament to protest against education funding cuts. MPs will be asked to put pressure on the Chancellor to find the funding needed to reverse the cuts and invest in our children and young people, a month before he is set to deliver his budget statement read more
Nottingham fire and rescue proposals to save money would put public safety at risk (6 Oct) – Proposals from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to save £1m a year would put public safety at risk, says the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). A proposal to introduce ‘mixed crewing’ (a mixture of full time or ‘wholetime’ firefighters with on call or ‘retained’ personnel) at two out of three fire stations, Ashfield, Retford or Worksop – would mean the selected stations would have no full time firefighter cover at night. Worryingly, Retford and Worksop stations, in the Bassetlaw district, last year saw a staggering increase of 57% in property fires read time
IWGB to file landmark foster care employment status case today (Oct 9) – IWGB will argue that Sarah Anderson is a worker and entitled to holiday pay, among other rights. Case could open the doors for thousands of foster care workers in the UK to have their rights recognised. The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is filing a landmark case that could open the doors for thousands of foster care workers in the UK to have their employment rights recognised. The IWGB will today submit an employment status and unpaid holiday claim against Hampshire county council, on behalf of foster care worker Sarah Anderson. The union will argue that as a result of the relationship between Anderson and the council, she should be considered a limb (b) worker and entitled to rights, including holiday pay read more
United Voices of the World union
UVW members who clean and polish the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington are in dispute for a living wage. They are currently paid the minimum, poverty wage. Please make a donation to their strike fund if you can – https://www.uvwunion.org.uk/hr-owen/ UVW Facebook page Migrant cleaners from Ecuador who have, for the past 5 years, scrubbed and shined the Ferrari and Maserati’s showrooms in South Kensington – which are run by HR Owen, Britain’s largest luxury car dealership – have just been suspended without pay just days after returning a 100% yes vote for official strike action, authorised by their union UVW, for the London Living Wage.
There could not be a clearer case of trade union victimisation and UVW will immediately initiate legal proceedings against both the cleaning contractor Templewood Cleaning and HR Owen at an employment tribunal and county court.
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.
Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work 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)
MITTING MUST GO – Neville Lawrence in Westminster spycops vote
A packed meeting in parliament of core participants, other activists and lawyers for those targeted by undercover police voted unanimously for Sir John Mitting to be removed as chair of the public inquiry into undercover policing. This follows deep unease by those spied on by police about the ‘Minded To’ Notes published by Mitting on the UCPI website which appear to be heading in the direction of an inquiry held in secret rather than an open transparent and public inquiry. Mitting is one of the hand picked members of the senior legal profession to sit in the secret court the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – the antithesis of open and transparent justice.
Neville Lawrence told the meeting he and many other victims of undercover police spying had ‘lost faith’ in the inquiry given the new direction taken by Mitting.
Imran Khan, lawyer for Doreen Lawrence and the Blacklist Support Group told the meeting that there had been a ‘paradigm shift’ since Mitting took over from the former head of the inquiry Lord Justice Pitchford who was forced to stand down due to ill health.
The public inquiry was announced 3 years ago by the then Home Secretary Theresa May but to this day not a single witness has given evidence and not a single document disclosed to the lawyers of the victims. Suresh Grover from the Monitoring Group told the meeting that “the police have deliberated obstructed justice”.
Helen Steel argued that his credentials as a member of the men-only Garrick Club meant he was the wrong person to rule on institutional sexism of the undercover police. A new ‘timeline’ on the inquiry website fails to mention the public apology made by the Metropolitan Police to the women activists deceived into long term relationships by the police spies.
Stafford Scott, from Tottenham Rights told the meeting that “families of murder victims are being denied access to files kept on them” due to ongoing institutional racism by the Met Police.
Dave Smith, blacklisted union activist said that victims had “always been sceptical whether the British state would truly expose the truth about the UK’s secret political police units”.
The meeting was chaired by Naz Shah MP who said she would raise the concerns on the Home Affairs Select Committee and with the Home Secretary.
Public Meeting: Who’s Watching Whom? The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights for all – 11am to 4pm, Saturday 14 October, Methodist Central Hall, Coventry
Guest Speakers: Ricky Tomlinson (Shrewsbury 24), Dave Smith (Author, Blacklisting), Helen Steel (McLibel & Undercover Police Inquiry), Chris Baugh (PCS Asst. General Secretary)
Sponsored by Unite Tom Mann branch and Coventry TUC
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17 Britain still needs a pay rise: TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally, 4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby), Parliament Square https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants
21 National Shop Stewards Network Solidarity Forum – 12noon-4pm Saturday October 21st Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS
Stand up to Racism national conference: ‘Confronting The Rise In Racism’ – 10.30am – 4.30pm Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ www.standuptoracism.org.uk/stand-racism-national-conference
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