VIDEO: Sparks blockade Tommy Clarke site in Romford
At a Romford rail station site in east London last week, 15 agency construction workers who were suffering being paid via the umbrella company scam called a Unite official to the site. They were seeking help in putting forward their demand that they be employed directly by the building services contractor company T. Clarke. In a meeting […]
Tube strike day 1: Reports from the picket lines
Central London The strike began at Euston station with a pre-strike rally and speeches to the press. RMT London transport secretary and NSSN steering committee member John Reid chaired a line-up of trade union movement speakers: Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary; John Leach, RMT regional organiser; Chris Baugh, PCS assistant general secretary; Hugo Pierre, […]
NSSN 176 – Local government cuts: Protest AND then strike
Since May 2010 407,000 jobs have been lost in local government and some of the biggest cuts are yet to bite. In adjoining counties in the east midlands, 2 county councils, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – both Labour controlled, are planning cuts of £157m and £154 respectively over the next 3 years. These are examples not […]
Victory for CoNEL cleaners
Statement from Steve Sweeney, Regional Organiser GMB, about CONEL cleaners dispute: Cleaners at CoNEL have won an important victory in their fight against 23% cuts to their working time and for the London Living Wage. The cleaners, who are contracted to Ocean have been in dispute over the cuts and have organised a series of […]
NSSN166 – Support UCU, Unison & Unite members strikers
31 October will be a day of coordinated strike action by UCU, Unison and Unite members working in Universities. This is the first UK-wide joint action between these Higher Education unions, demonstrating the anger that their members feel about the employers’ insulting 1% pay increase. Even pro-capitalist commentator Will Hutton, writing in the Observer notes […]
NSSN 165 Support the Grangemouth workers!
NSSN 165 Support the Grangemouth workers! The National Shop Stewards Network gives full support to the workers at the refinery against the scandalous scare tactics of Ineos. Our supporters attended the rally at the plant on Sunday read report from NSSN website Events are moving quickly with this morning, Ineos announcing the closure of the petrochemical works on […]
‘Nothings got worse since austerity took hold’ – Really?!
A BBC survey purported to show that over 40% of those interviewed had not noticed a change to local government services since austerity took hold. Some even thought services had improved! Yet we all know of closures to libraries, swimming pools, reduced council facilities and the rest. Even the BBC website has stories from leading councillors […]
FBU strike over pensions 12-4 Today
Full support from the NSSN on the FBU strike today in England & Wales. Please visit picket lines, wave, honk your support! (Leyton Picket via Suz B & wee James) As Martin Powell-Davies NSSN steering committee (& NUT NEC member) puts it: ‘ It’s hard enough to be expected to teach at 60+ – even […]