Month: November 2012
Anniversary of N30…TUC name the date!
This Friday is the anniversary of N30…TUC name the date for a 24 hour general strike! Yes…on Friday it will be 12 months ago to the day when over 2 million public sector workers went on strike to defend their pensions. It may have been just a year ago but how many have […]
Yorkshire Shop Stewards Network conference report
The Yorkshire Shop Stewards Network conference held in Leeds on Saturday 24th November was attended by 45 delegates from 14 different trade unions from Hull, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, York, Harrogate and West Yorkshire. The theme of the day was “Fighting Cuts and Privatisation, Build for a One Day General Strike, Bring down the Con-Dem government”. Opening […]
Stratford Academy: Teachers suspend further strike action
STRATFORD ACADEMY CONCERNED PARENTS PRESS RELEASE TEACHERS SUSPEND FURTHER STRIKE ACTION After nine days of strikes, teachers at Stratford Academy, Newham, have suspended further strike action. Following talks facilitated by ACAS, on Tuesday 27 November, the NUT and NASUWT teachers’ unions and Stratford Academy management agreed a joint press release: “Following constructive talks facilitated […]
Thousands March to defend NHS in Lewisham
By Martin Powell-Davies NUT NEC and NSSN steering committee Over ten thousand demonstrators marched thorough a rainy Lewisham this afternoon in a tremendous display of community opposition to the plans to close the A&E and other services at Lewisham Hospital. The chants of “We won’t die for the PFI” summed up what these cuts are all about – […]
118 – Workers of the World Unite!
In just one week, we can’t even to begin to report & reflect on what’s going on industrially or politically that is affecting us, or will affect us if we don’t fight together and find the best strategy which will push back this government, and their links and interests in big business which is still […]
Stop the Fire Station closures!
Simon Chapman, Fire Brigades Union secretary, London Borough of Southwark, has posted an excellent detailed report of what the proposed £65 million cuts to frontline fire services will mean for community fire services in London in the TUSC ISN blog. Seventeen London fire stations – Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, […]
Save our Community Services!
On Monday 19th November at Coopers Hill we held a successful Public Meeting, with 30 people attending. The purpose of the meeting was to publicise the Peoples Consultation and to explain our opposition to the PCT Consultation which is urging people to support proposals to close services at Heatherwood Hospital. Speakers from the platform outlined […]
Fight the Facility time attacks!
Workers in the Civil Service are facing an unprecedented attack with pensions, pay, jobs, public services and terms & conditions all under threat. It surely can’t be coincidence that the government chooses this time to launch proposals to restrict the ability of Civil Service unions to organise in the workplace. Under the ‘Facility Time Framework’ […]
“Capitalism is killing our people”
A report of the 2012 Midlands NSSN Conference by Dave Gorton (UNITE) Craig Johnston from the RMT got the Midlands NSSN Conference off to a resounding start with the cry “never mind where the money’s coming from; where’s the money gone?” Transport workers were not going to take the blame for the capitalist crisis they […]
Crown workers walk out over pension attacks
Workers at three factories have walked out in immediate and angry response to an attack by Crown on the pension scheme. Crown’s senior management informed trade union lay representatives on Monday 19th November that all enhanced payments of early retirement in the final salary scheme finished at 9am. This was at 10am! Two hours later […]
NSSN to lobby TUC General Council on December 11th
The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is organising a lobby of the TUC General Council when it meets on December 11th. It will assemble from 9.30am at Congress House in Great Russell Street. NSSN national chair Rob Williams said, “Up to a thousand union activists came to our lobby of the TUC conference in Brighton […]
Stop the union busting on Crossrail! Reinstate the Crossrail 28!
As millions of workers took general strike action across big parts of Europe on Wednesday, there was an impressive protest in the morning outside the Oxford St entrance to the Crossrail Tottenham Rd site. Sacked Unite shop steward Frank Morris was joined by Sparks and supporters from London, North West, Wales, Yorkshire, Midlands and Scotland […]