The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) gives our full solidarity to all those who suffered in the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last year and all those who have been affected by this tragic disaster. We pay tribute to the courageous work and support of local residents and campaigners and the emergency service workers, including firefighters and paramedics.
A year ago we wrote this statement, which we are proud to stand by:
“The NSSN sends its condolences and solidarity to the relatives, friends and associates of the dead in Grenfell Tower. The deaths of these working-class martyrs are the responsibility of those who have espoused austerity and privatisation over the years. In particular, housing, building and surveying departments of local councils, the fire brigades, the ambulance services and the NHS and other public services have been cut severely. The deaths in Grenfell Tower must be fully investigated and criminal prosecutions follow for those at fault. But the whole system lies guilty for the dead of Grenfell Tower and their deaths will not be in vain if cuts and privatisation are reversed and new council housing is built.
This is a trade union issue. The NSSN supports the protests of the survivors and their representatives for justice. Trade unionists have been at the heart of campaigning against cuts in these services for years. Several trade unions have members in the Tower, in particular Unite, who had 28 members of whom 9 were missing. We support the call of the FBU that they be given core participant status in any inquiry. We think that the unions should lead an independent inquiry of residents and trade unionists. There is also a key role for unions to help tenants organise & build campaigns with them to put pressure on councils for immediate safety measures.”
Join these events as residents and campaigners fight for justice and safe and affordable publicly-owned housing:-
Grenfell Silent Walk: 1 Year On – hosted by Grenfell Tower – Silent Walk – Thursday at 5.30pm Maxilla Hall Social Club, 2 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ London. We can not believe a year as gone by so quickly. This 14th will be a very tough date for the community (there has been a silent walk on the 14th of every month since the disaster) and we ask that you all join us for an evening of reflection and to join the 1 year silent walk read more in Facebook event
Justice for Grenfell Solidarity March – Saturday, June 16 at 12 pm – 4 pm, Downing Street, London Join the Fire Brigades Union as we march to Downing Street with Justice4Grenfell on 16 June to demand justice for the victims of the disaster. One year ago 72 people died and 70 were injured in the worst fire in the UK for decades. Since then there has been a trail of broken promises from the government read more on FBU website Facebook event
United We Organise! Unite Housing Campaign – 6pm June 14 Unite HQ, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SP Facebook event
Unite affiliates to the NSSN
We are delighted to announce that at its Executive Council last week, Unite the Union has agreed to affiliate to the NSSN. We have already had affiliations from a whole number of Unite branches. This means that 10 national unions now officially support the NSSN alongside many union branches and trades councils. Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey addressed our rally at TUC Congress last September and Assistant General Secretary Howard Beckett will be speaking at the NSSN annual conference on July 7th.
Many Unite members are supporters of the NSSN, including on our steering committee. The affiliation originated from a motion moved by a London bus driver Moe at Unite’s last policy conference. As regular readers of this bulletin will know, we have supported the many strikes and disputes by Unite. We will continue to work alongside Unite in building solidarity for the union and its members.
The 2018 National Shop Stewards Network Annual Conference is from 11am-4.30pm on Saturday July 7th in Conway Hall – 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.
Confirmed speakers so far: Howard Beckett Unite Assistant General Secretary, Amy Murphy USDAW President, Chris Baugh PCS Assistant General Secretary, Sean Hoyle RMT President, Ian Hodson BFAWU President, Joe Simpson POA Deputy General Secretary, Linda Taaffe NSSN National Secretary, Rob Williams NSSN National Chair
The NSSN steering committee decided to put our annual conference back a week from its original date of June 30th to avoid a clash of dates with a national day of action to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS. We will do all we can to build these protests against continuing Tory health cuts.
We also want to give advanced notice that once again we will be organising a rally at TUC Congress. This year it will be in Manchester on Sunday September 9th.
Midlands NSSN public meeting: Leicester needs a pay rise – lessons from the McDonalds strike. 3pm Saturday June 16th Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
Yorkshire NSSN public meeting: Fight Austerity in Harrogate – Unite to defend jobs and services. Wednesday 27th June, St Roberts Club, Robert St, Harrogate, HG1 1HP – 7.30pm. Harrogate is facing the impact of austerity, with cutbacks across the town, from redundancies at Harrogate College, to closure of the Briary Wing at Harrogate hospital and the privatisation of staff into a ‘Wholly-owned Subsidiary’ and the threats to remove guards from Northern Rail services. Join us to discuss how we can unite struggles of staff, trade unions and community campaigns. Speakers from UCU and other campaigners Facebook event
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
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]
Follow us on twitter via @NSSN_AntiCuts and Facebook
The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support and solidarity to the PCS who voted at their recent annual conference to move to a national strike ballot on pay that will open on June 18
PCS ballot to run 18 June to 23 July: PCS to press ahead with strike ballot over pay after government confirms one percent funding for civil service (7 Jun) – Ministers are using the spending review from 2015 to budget for a derisory one percent pay rise for civil service staff, the union confirmed today. In a shocking development last night, the government rowed back on its pledge to end low pay in its own departments by budgeting for one percent and telling union negotiators that any pay rises would have to come from individual departmental savings and cuts. They also said that the consultation process with the union was drawing to an end even though Monday night was the first time the union had had sight of government plans for pay. We will now press ahead with a ballot of the members working in key areas of the economy such as passport and tax offices, prisons, benefit centres, our borders and law courts. Up to 150,000 workers across government departments could walkout this summer, causing key services to grind to a halt read more
PCS calls for urgent DWP meeting over July pay award (8 Jun) – Delays in paying increases on time have prompted PCS to write to the Department for Work and Pensions today (8), demanding an urgent meeting. DWP has advised us this week that they will not be able to pay any 2018 pay increases on time. We believe this episode highlights, more than ever, the need for members to fully support our national pay campaign and attend any meetings organised by PCS branches in the coming days and weeks read more
PCS wins 4 figure payouts for hundreds of Scottish Prison Service Staff (7 Jun) – The Scottish Prison Service has settled a long-standing dispute over pay for nearly 600 workers. Prison officers had received bonuses totalling £4,000 since 2015 which had not been paid to non-uniformed staff. We argued that these payments were discriminatory as uniformed staff are predominantly male while women make up the majority of non-uniformed staff in the same grades read more
Campaign for ex-Carillion staff to be brought in-house at the British Museum Sign our online petition
RMT Unipart rail members on strike today fighting over pay and conditions (13 June) – General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT Unipart rail members are standing firm this morning in rock solid action over pay and conditions. ”The company should wake up and take note of the anger on the shop floor over the attacks on pay and working conditions and should get back round the table and negotiate a deal that delivers workplace justice.” Read more
RMT confirms further strike action on South Western Railway in dispute over Guards and safety (7 Jun) – RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway. RMT has instructed members not to book on duty from 00:01 on Thursday 21st June 2018 until 23:59 on Saturday 23rd June 2018 read more
RMT confirms further strike action on Greater Anglia in dispute over guards and safety – RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on Greater Anglia. RMT members will strike for 24 hours on Saturday 16th June and Saturday 23rd June read more BREAKING NEWS!! RMT SUSPENDS STRIKE ACTION ON GREATER ANGLIA
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
London Underground Jubilee line RMT and Aslef strike still on for June 14th – We note the progress made in dispute talks at ACAS up to today (June 5); and that the company has moved considerably toward resolving the dispute they have created. Accordingly, we suspend strike action due to take place from 00:01 to 23:59 on Wednesday 6th June 2018, and instruct Members to work normally. The Strike Action already set and notified from 00:01 to 23:59 on Thursday 14th June 2018 remains on and we are available for further talks with the company read more on RMT London Calling
Time for pay justice for workers excluded from NHS pay deal (12 June) – Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has called on private companies and the Department of Health to give workers indirectly employed by the NHS the same pay increase as NHS employees. More than one million health workers are to receive a pay rise worth 6.5 per cent for most staff over the next three years. Thousands of low paid NHS employees are being offered a pay rise of over £2,000 a year in cash terms in the first year of the deal. But thousands of NHS workers, many of whom are low paid, have been excluded from the deal because they are indirectly employed by the NHS. Outsourced service providers are due to meet with the Department of Health tomorrow (Wednesday 13 June) to discuss pay for workers indirectly employed by the NHS. Unite has written to employers providing services to the NHS, including Serco, ISS, Compass and Sodexo to urge them to implement the NHS framework as a minimum, in order to eliminate low pay and aid recruitment and retention. Low paid NHS workers employed by Serco at Barts NHS Trust, the largest Trust in Britain, are campaigning to reverse the private contractor’s refusal to fund a pay rise which mirrors the pay deal offered to NHS employees read more
Heavy-handed management at Essar Oil Stanlow refinery threatens industrial action, warns Unite (6 June) – A new heavy-handed management style at the Stanlow oil refinery could lead to industrial action that would threaten output at the Cheshire site, Unite warned today (Wednesday 6 June). Unite said the recent appointment of a senior executive had led to ‘a gigantic deterioration’ in industrial relations and prompted the union’s 530 members to vote unanimously earlier this week to hold a consultative ballot to authorise a full-scale industrial action ballot read more
Support striking Hackney traffic wardens – Nearly 40 wardens, also known as civil enforcement officers (CEOs), have recently been on strike for after voting by 100 per cent for industrial action read more
Messages of support for the strikers can be sent to [email protected]
We also need financial donations. Cheques made payable to Hackney Unite and sent to Onay Kasab at 33 – 37 Moreland St, London EC1V 8BB.
Messages of protest to the Mayor of Hackney ( APCOA run the contract for Hackney Council) and also to the Head of Parking and Markets, 136 – 142 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 OQJ
Support the Unite strike at TGI Fridays’ – after taking four days of strike action over tips and minimum wage abuses, this Tuesday workers delivered a letter to the business secretary, Greg Clark at the department of Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) in London, warning that the government’s failure to crackdown on tipping abuses as promised, has let rogue bosses off the hook read more. Tweet support to @RwUnite
West Midlands firefighters vote in favour of strike action over exploitative contracts – Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by a margin of 9 to 1 for strike action in a dispute over the imposition of contracts on new entrants into the service. The results of the ballot were released on 29 May and show a 90% vote for strike action on an 82% turnout. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says West Midlands Fire Authority should urgently listen to its firefighters and withdraw the contracts immediately read more
Twelve teachers quit Thomas Bennett – four days of strikes to come (11 June) – Twelve teachers and a number of support staff have resigned from Thomas Bennett Community College since Easter. The figure was confirmed by The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) just as the National Education Union (NEU) announced four days of strike action over job cuts. Teachers and support staff from the school, in Tilgate, will strike on Thursday June 21, Tuesday June 26, Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28. In addition, members of the Save Thomas Bennett community campaign have planned a march and rally for 12.30pm on Saturday (June 16), from the town hall to Queens Square read more at Crawley Observer
Fair pay for London teachers: all London reps briefing – Saturday 30 June 10.30am-1pm at NEU, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
Support the McDonalds strikers who took their 2nd day of action on May 1st – Keep sending solidarity to the BFAWU, post cheques to BFAWU, Stanborough House, Great North Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 7TA and donate to the strike fund. Also help the fund by buying a #McStrike t-shirt. More info on the Fast Food Rights/Hungry for Justice website
Seven more days of strikes at Hull College Group – Staff at the Hull College Group will walk out for seven days in June as part of an ongoing row over plans to slash hundreds of jobs. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) announced today (Thursday) will walk out for five days on Monday 18 June. They will return to work on Monday 25 June, but then walk out for two days on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June. The row centres on plans to cut 231 posts across the college group’s three campuses in Hull, Harrogate and Goole – a move which UCU says would lead to around a third of the workforce being cut read more
UCU members start new wave of FE strikes over pay and jobs – read here for information about strikes at Hull, Tower Hamlets College, Hackney Community College, Epping Forest College, Lambeth College, Lewisham Southwark College, City and Islington College (CCG), College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CCG), Westminster Kingsway College (CCG) and Havering College
Massive yes vote for strike action in Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust! (12 June) – Below is the result from our strike ballot against the Wholly Owned Subsidiary. We have achieved the 50%+ required for legal strike action and with an overwhelming majority of 97.4% voting yes. UNISON Regional office has notified Mid Yorkshire Trusts Chief Executive Martin Barkley of the result. A meeting is taking place at 4pm this afternoon to discuss the WOS. The message to the Trust Board cannot be clearer – we are 100% NHS
North West hospital workers second strike over outsourcing – Hospital workers in Wigan, Leigh and Wrightington, in north-west England, mounted picket lines again on Friday 8 June at the start of their second 48-hour strike. They first took action against the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS trust’s plans to transfer their jobs to a wholly owned private company, WWL Solutions, on 23 and 24 May read more
Support Tower Hamlets Community Housing Workers: All Out Strike for 14 days for Equal Pay not Market Pay – Housing workers at Tower Hamlets Community Housing are set to take two weeks of strike action from Monday 4 June 2018. They are opposing the imposition of a “market based” pay system. Instead of NJC Local Government Pay, based on Job Evaluations that seek to secure equal pay for work of equal value, the new system relies on “market intelligence” on the pay rate for each role provided by a private consultancy company, Inbucon
Support Hull recycling workers striking for sick pay – Branch appeals for donations to hardship fund. Recycling workers working for FCC Environment in Hull have been striking for decent pay sick pay, and are asking for donations to their hardship fund. Please send messages of solidarity and financial support to the Wilmington Strikers c/o Adrian Kennett Hull City UNISON 39, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AG. Please make cheques payable to UNISON Hull City Branch read more
Telefónica outsourcing must stop (June 7) – Talks are to be sought with Telefónica in a bid to reverse the mobile giant’s rampant outsourcing strategy amid concerns that transferring employees are paying the price of company cost-cutting with their Ts&Cs and even their livelihoods being put at risk read more
TSSA condemns TfL for calling in the Met (12 June) – TfL Bosses have been left with egg on their face after efforts to deploy union-busting tactics backfired spectacularly this afternoon. TSSA would like to thank London’s New Deputy Mayor of Transport Heidi Alexander for reading Transport for London (TfL) bosses the riot act after the police were called in to move on TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes read more
Members Overwhelmingly Reject NHS Offer (June 7) – 87% of GMB’s NHS members in England, have voted to reject the three year pay deal for NHS and ambulance workers…The deal, an average of 6.5% over three years, will mean a real terms pay cut for the most loyal, longest-serving NHS workers, who account for half the NHS workforce read more
Prison officers take legal action over pensions – The POA has started the process of initiating Employment Tribunal proceedings which will challenge the introduction of a new pension scheme for Prison Officers in 2015. It is anticipated that more than 3,500 POA members will join in the proceedings read more
Support the Picturehouse workers who have recently taken more action – BECTU members at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton and 4 other Picturehouse venues in East Dulwich, Central (Shaftesbury Avenue), Hackney and Crouch End renewed their official strike mandates earlier this month. This second phase of the now historic dispute over the Living Wage started in September 2016 after the employer reneged on a previous agreement to pay the Living Wage at the Ritzy and refused to negotiate on the union’s pay and conditions claim. Since September 2016 more sites have joined the campaign to appeal to the company, which trades on a progressive image, to pay the Living Wage and to recognise BECTU for collective bargaining. Read the latest on Brixton Ritzy Facebook Page and those of Hackney, Crouch End, Central, Dulwich East and Duke of York Brighton
Donate to the Picturehouse Cinema strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike
University of London commits to abolishing zero-hours contracts by new academic year (June 11) – a strike and subsequent demonstration from the IWGB on Wednesday 6 June has pushed the University of London to release a statement regarding the future of outsourced contracts at the university’s central properties. While concessions were made with regards to zero-hour contracts – which will be abolished by the end of the summer vacation – they continue to lack a commitment to bring all outsourced staff back in-house over the coming 12 months. Until this is promised, the IWGB will continue its campaign to support the brave outsourced staff at the University of London who are still needing to fight for equality in terms and conditions, and treatment. Our position remains clear. All outsourced workers are to be brought back in house in 12 months or less. Until this is the case, we will not step-down action at the university read more
United Voices of the World
Cleaners to strike at London’s luxury private hospitals owned by HCA, the world’s largest private hospital group! (1 June) – United Voices of the World members who clean at HCA Healthcare UK – part of the world’s largest private hospital group HCA with revenues of £31 billion – have today returned a 100% yes vote in a consultative ballot to strike for the London Living Wage, and Occupational Sick Pay in line with other HCA staff. They are also demanding basic vaccinations including Hepatitis B and Tetanus which they are currently denied despite regularly coming in direct contact with bodily fluids including blood www.facebook.com/uvwunion
Tamil Solidarity: ‘Solidarity Day’ – Bringing together various activist organisations, Trade unions and Tamil solidarity. Saturday 16th June. 12.00 – 17.30pm. At Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, W1T 2 London. FREE entry: Includes snacks. Please register in advance to book your place
Blacklisting & Victimisation
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)
Blacklist Support Group update 12th June 2018
- Solidarity with Lush’s #spycops campaign.
Sign the Lush petition to Home Secretary Sajid Javid: Support victims of police spying get access to justice
The spycops story has gone mainstream after there was uproar in the press over the window display in the Lush stores. The Blacklist Support Group would like to place on record our solidarity with the High Street cosmetics retailers, Lush. We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who are highlighting the abhorrent practice of spycops committing human rights abuses whist infiltrating perfectly legal democratic political campaigns. The Blacklist Support Group is one of the campaigns that has been targeted by the spycops.
Press on the story, including support from the ex-wives & son of the undercover political police officers, Doreen Lawrence, trade unions and an ex-undercover officer.
Original Lush campaign: https://uk.lush.com/article/exposing-spy-who-loved-me
- Public meeting in Glasgow: Scotland, Surveillance and Spycops
23rd June the Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow with Neil Findlay and others (poster attached)
Police moles in protest groups under scrutiny. Our best go with our comrades in Scotland
- Letter delivered to the Home Secretary by Neville Lawrence and others. Rather surprisingly, Amber Rudd would not meet Mr Lawrence https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/letter-delivered-to-the-home-secretary-by-neville-lawrence-and-others/#more-4278
4.Blacklist Support Group have been offered free tickets and transport to the Labour Live event in London on Saturday.
If anyone fancies going along to see the bands and listen to the likes of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, give us a shout ASAP
- Undercover policing inquiry will not deliver final report before 2023. We implore the authorities to speed this process up
- A Brilliant presentation by Moyra Samuels from JUSTICE4GRENFELL at our National R+F meeting in Liverpool. Some very concerning and disturbing facts revealed. This group needs Our help. They have a monthly silent vigil outside the remains of Grenfell Tower but this time they are marching on Downing Street on Saturday the 16th June at 12.00.
- Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs. ‘We told you all along’ comes to mind
- A new book ‘Tackling the Housing Crisis’ about council housing and direct employment by blacklisted construction worker and long time secretary of the Construction Safety Campaign, Tony O’Brien is out now. Well done Tony. (flyer attached)
- Blacklisting firms ‘should be barred’ from public contracts, Scottish Labour leader says. Many thanks to Richard Leonard for these wise words.
- dates for the diary:
50 years of resistance – events on the anniversary of the establishment of the spycops unit, the Special Demonstration Squad
National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) annual conference
Saturday July 7th 11am-4.30pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
all trade unionists & anti-cuts campaigners welcome! £6 each
Sam Gibson R.I.P.
Sad news that Blacklisted electrician Sam Gibson has passed away. Despite illness, Sam was a regular at BSG campaigning events and we send condolences to his family and friends.
Ark Tribe R.I.P.. What a man. Our condolences and best wishes go to his family. He was in short the standard bearer in trade union activism down under. https://youtu.be/uJqvucDkY5o
As the great James Larkin said after the death of the equally great activist Joe Hill
“Therefore, Comrades, over the great heart of Joe Hill, now stilled in death, let us take up his burden, rededicate ourselves to the cause that knows no failure, and for which Joseph Hillstrom cheerfully gave his all, his valuable life”
And with that we go again
Royston Bentham & Dave Smith, Joint Secretaries
Blacklisted t-shirts available at: https://shop.hopenothate.org.uk/component/hikashop/product/78-blacklisted-t-shirt
Landmark’ equal pay victory for Canadian postal union read more from CWU website
Columbia: Unions Condemn Nestle Silence After Murders read more from GMB website
IFJ condemns killing of journalist in Yemen read more from NUJ website
Spain: Metal workers’ rebellion in Cadiz read more
Spain: Former Students Union leader faces 3-year jail threat for aiding immigrant under police attack read more
7 National Shop Stewards Network 2018 Annual Conference 11am-4.30pm Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
9 NSSN TUC Rally in Manchester
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