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21 March 2012

Workplace news in brief

Mick Dooley, a prominent activist in the battle to stop the big building companies imposing a 35% pay cut, has been confirmed as a candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the London Assembly elections.

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23 February 2012

Construction workers' struggle victorious

The BESNA struggle is over - all the remaining companies have capitulated! It's a victory for the whole union movement.

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15 February 2012

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NSSN conference: details of 6th annual conference

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13 January 2012

'The members want to fight!' - Greater Manchester shop stewards network meeting

Supporters of the Shop Stewards Network in Greater Manchester met on 12 January to review the situation on the pensions dispute in light of the TUC's refusal to coordinate further action, and PCS's statement that together with other 'rejectionist' unions it will seek to continue coordinated action, writes Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Party north west secretary.

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 N30: two million public sector workers went on strike on 30 November 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

N30: Pic Paul Mattsson

12 January 2012

Pensions: the fight continues

Following the strike of two million public-sector workers in November, the fight to safeguard pensions hangs in the balance.
Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell reports on this crucial stage of the battle.

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Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

Construction workers’ strike on 14 December: Corus Redcar electricians, photo Elaine Brunskill

4 January 2012

Unity against wage cuts in construction

The 'Dirty 7' construction companies, who want to slash skilled workers' wages, have finally been dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiating table, writes Rob Williams, Chair, National Shop Stewards Network.

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30 November strike

30 November strike

20 December 2011

TUC lobby demands no retreat on pensions

Hundreds of rank and file union members lobbied the TUC's Public Services Liaison Group, angry at the prospect of their leadership agreeing to a rotten deal, writes Rob Williams, NSSN

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15 December 2011

NSSN campaigns for next united action on pensions to be on 25th January

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) steering committee has agreed to campaign for 25 January to be named as the next day for coordinated national strike action in defence of pensions

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14 December 2011

NSSN and left union activists call lobby of TUC Public Services Liaison Group: Demands further action on pensions

A recall conference of the TUC's Public Sector Liaison Group will be convened on Monday 19th December

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NSSN placards on the November 30th demo in London, photo Paul Mattsson

1 December 2011

London NSSN meeting - 'the genie is out of the bottle'

'Standing room only' doesn't even begin to describe the London National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) meeting held on N30

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10 November 2011

Police kettle electricians

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) condemns the actions of the police in kettling over 200 construction electricians for well over an hour...

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Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Photo P Mattsson

9 November 2011

Build for 30 Nov strike - The fight of all our lives!

We’re just days away from 30 November, when up to three million public sector workers will be striking to defend their pensions. This will be an overwhelmingly popular strike because all those who have suffered from these cuts want someone to stand up for them.

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19 October 2011

Workplace news in brief

TV license strike: About 50-60 TV licensing workers in Bristol, members of the CWU, gathered from various picket lines for a short rally to mark the first day of their strike on 17 October, writes Tom Baldwin.

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17 October 2011

West Midlands NSSN conference

Around 30 trade unionists attended the West Midlands conference of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) held in Birmingham on Saturday

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12 October 2011

Strike on 30 November - no secret talks

For democratic control of all negotiations and industrial action: Trade unionists across Britain will have been angered to see reports that the TUC general secretary went to the Tory party conference a couple of weeks ago - not to protest at the government's anti-working class policies, but to hold secret talks to try to avert "mass strikes"

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6 October 2011

No secret talks to retreat on N30 pensions strike!

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) issued the following statement in response to a report that TUC leader Brendan Barber is engaging in secret talks with the aim of calling off public sector strike action planned for 30th November...

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Strike till we win - No cuts - placard, photo Paul Mattsson

28 September 2011

Mass strikes can kick out Con-Dems

Get ready for 30 November: On 30 November, two to three million public sector workers will be on strike to defend their pensions. More workers will be out than on the first day of the 1926 general strike, writes Rob Williams, chair, National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN).

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PCS members on a London anti-cuts demonstration jointly called by the NSSN, RMT, NUT, FBU, PCS and other unions, photo Paul Mattsson

9 September 2011

Moves made towards public sector strike in November

Lobby the TUC this Sunday! Discussions are taking place in a number of trade unions – including Unison – that could result in a coordinated 3-4 million strong public sector strike of against pension cuts in November

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7 September 2011

Workplace News in brief

NSSN lobby of the TUC: On 11 September the National Shop Stewards Network is organising a lobby of the TUC, demanding they call a one-day public sector general strike...

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6 September 2011

PCS leader urges workers to join Sunday's NSSN lobby of the TUC

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will be among the speakers at a rally organised by the National Shop Stewards Network on Sunday 11th September, calling on the TUC to lead the resistance to cuts by organising coordinated public sector action this autumn

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