Month: July 2012

  • NSSN Bulletin 101

    Watching the odd swish car and coach race down the 30 miles of super fast lanes that have been assigned for the Olympics, shows what can be done, if a city and its representatives decide to plan to change things.  It just depends on who that the plan is for, and again its for the […]

  • NSSN Bulletin 100

    20 July 2012 Yes, we’ve made it to 100! Just a few weeks after the 6th annual NSSN conference – the 100th ebulletin. The NSSN is now a fixture in the union movement – building the rank & file since 2006, when we were initiated by the RMT. Big thanks to our supporting national unions RMT, […]

  • Essex firefighters strike: 42 take on “big brother”

    Hundreds of striking firefighters and their supporters paraded through Essex’s county town of Chelmsford on Wednesday 18th July in a show of defiance against the dictatorial attitudes of the Fire Authority and the unnecessary cuts in service they are trying to force through. FBU banners from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Cornwall showed […]

  • Building the fightback at the North West Shop Stewards AGM

    20 July The North West Shop Stewards Network held its AGM on July 17. Thirty trade unionists heard Steve Acheson, blacklisted electrician, speak on the recent BESNA victory and the continuing battle against blacklisting. Many of those attending were construction workers and they lambasted the mostly unelected trade union officials in UNITE and UCATT for their […]

  • Remploy Strike 1

    20 July For months the Con-Dem government have stated their intention to close 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK. Remploy workers had already voted overwhelmingly to take strike action on 19 and 26 July to save these plants and the related jobs. Now this has added urgency because on 10 July the government […]

  • RMT cleaners Trans Pennine Express strike

    Warrington Trades Council was pleased to help RMT members employed as cleaners on the Trans-Pennine Express route as they leafleted passengers outside Warrington Central station on Saturday. The cleaners were on strike against the rock-bottom pay and conditions offered by Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services, their employer. One particular bone of contention is the 25p […]

  • Nottingham FE students fight cuts!

    06 July On Thursday 5th July, over 100 students from New College Nottingham (NCN) protested outside the High Pavement campus against attacks on their education. Armajit Basi, the principal of the college, is proposing to move students from two other campuses of NCN to High Pavement and then close the other sites. However, there is already a strain […]

  • Union reps call for a 24 hour general strike – Wales SSN conference prepares for action!

    02 July 70 trade unionists in 10 unions from all over Wales, mainly reps and shops stewards, gathered in Cardiff at the annual conference of the Wales Shop Stewards Network on June 30th. The conference was taking place at a time when there are dozens of disputes taking place but while there is also a summer […]

  • Beauly-Denny construction workers win swift victory in unofficial action (by Sean Robertson)

    The following article was written by Sean Robertson and is reproduced from the The Point website 02 July On the 26th and 27th June , around 40 Balfour Beatty foundation construction workers went on strike with the intention of making the company stick to earlier promises that workers could expect a four day weekend in return for working […]