Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/968/26353

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 October 2017

Shop stewards solidarity meeting brings together workers in struggle

NSSN solidarity meeting in Birmingham 21 October 2017, photo NSSN

NSSN solidarity meeting in Birmingham 21 October 2017, photo NSSN   (Click to enlarge)

Clive Walder, NSSN steering committee

If the TUC won't coordinate disputes and put pressure on the bosses then we will. That was the message from the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) solidarity meeting held in Birmingham on 21 October.

Around 80 trade unionists met to build solidarity and strengthen existing networks to support the growing number of long-running and bitter disputes that have taken place such as the Birmingham bin workers, British Airways cabin crew, Barts health workers and the Mears housing workers in Manchester.

The meeting opened with Rob Williams, chair of the NSSN, giving an overview of the industrial situation and stressing that the mood of workers is changing in that they are fed up with never-ending austerity that produces no economic improvement.

Unions are being forced to reflect that pressure and where unions are providing leadership, workers will respond with action. Rob stressed that we have an incredibly weak Tory government that could be overthrown by concerted industrial action. There is no shortage of potential disputes to coordinate - the TUC itself should be organising that.

Darren Glebocki from the postal executive of the Communication Workers Union reported that, though postal workers were livid at the blatant interference of the courts in preventing the two-day strike taking place, they are still determined to see the back of Royal Mail's attacks on pensions and job security.

He said that they may have won an injunction but that the union still had a 90% vote for industrial action which meant big problems for Royal Mail. The terms of the injunction mean that strike action may take place in six to eight weeks, possibly just before Christmas.

Bin workers

Howard Beckett, Unite assistant general secretary, paid tribute to the resolve of the Birmingham bin workers and was confident that the interim injunction preventing redundancies taking place will be upheld at the full court hearing on 27 November. He stressed that the chief executive of Birmingham council was in effect appointed by the Tory government and said: "The council couldn't give a monkey's about safety. This was about downgrading workers' jobs."

Birmingham bin workers convenor Richard Beddows also spoke and from the floor Ted Woodley mentioned that Socialist Party members had been on the picket line virtually every day of the dispute and produced eleven bulletins and are now producing bulletins for the postal workers.

Katrine Williams from the PCS executive spoke about their consultative ballot over action to secure a pay rise of more than 1%.

Jane Nellist from the newly formed National Education Union, spoke about the issues affecting teachers such as pay and workloads and the need for a national ballot.

Annette, a Unite rep from Rolls-Royce in Derby, gave an emotional speech about the campaign to save the Derby Womens' Centre from closure by a Labour council with millions in usable reserves.

In closing the meeting Linda Taaffe, NSSN secretary, reiterated the point that the TUC should be encouraging and coordinating these disputes and that we shouldn't need the NSSN because the TUC should be the NSSN.

But if they won't, we will.

Discussions include: 'Workers v bosses: Who will win the low pay war??'

Find out more and book tickets at socialism2017.net

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 25 October 2017:


What we think

Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination


Women

1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes


International socialist news and analysis

Kurdish referendum declared illegal


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

Fearful Tories mull borrowing to build

Kids wait 18 months for mental healthcare

Profit-driven pesticide use now threatens life

Profiteering NHS counter-fraud firm in alleged case of... fraud

Them & us

What we saw: May on Facebook


Workplace news and analysis

Aslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

NSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

Manchester lecturers walk out


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Hear from socialists involved in struggles the world over at the Socialism 2017 Saturday rally

Angry east London residents organise against threat to leisure centre

Trade unionists march to defend 650 local jobs

Bad Art's Leicester event

Storm Brian cannot withstand working-class anger


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Well-deserved ridicule of Stalinism is impressive, funny but flawed

Film - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

New musical on life of Castro

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 October 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NSSN:

triangleUnite agrees NSSN affiliation - come to the NSSN conference!

triangleHarrogate NSSN: Fight austerity in Harrogate

triangleSolid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

triangleUse TUC march as launch pad for action on pay

triangleRetail union backs zero-hour ban, leaders oppose rank-and-file coordination

Workers:

triangleGreetings from readers of the Socialist

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleYorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

triangleMcStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

Solidarity:

triangleTamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

triangleLondon: Tamil Solidarity Day 2018

triangleUSA: Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

Shop Stewards:

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

triangleObituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

Birmingham:

triangleWest Midlands firefighters vote to strike in massive numbers

Bin workers:

triangleTUSC stands against Birmingham council's cuts and attacks on workers

TUC:

trianglePCS union launches strike ballot on pay

Union:

triangleGMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

Council:

triangleKnowsley council pushed back on cuts and privatisation

Pay:

triangleDWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

Unions:

triangleDesperate divisions in Tories - Corbyn and unions must act

Strike:

triangleNorthern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleUsdaw conference 2018

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/6/18

Derby

Rolls-Royce: fight all job cuts!

20/6/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell disaster: one year on, still no prosecutions, still no adequate housing..

20/6/18

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

20/6/18

DWP

DWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

20/6/18

Orgreave

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

20/6/18

Knowsley

Knowsley council pushed back on cuts and privatisation

20/6/18

Cuts

Wrenford centre: Stop heartless Tory cuts

20/6/18

Leeds

Leeds: Disability campaigners force council to retreat

20/6/18

Socialist Party

Organisers' school - an opportunity to educate and discuss

20/6/18

National Shop Stewards Network

Unite agrees NSSN affiliation - come to the NSSN conference!

20/6/18

NHS

Yorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

20/6/18

Rail

Northern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

20/6/18

BFAWU

McStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

20/6/18

GMB

GMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

20/6/18

The Socialist

How do we produce the Socialist?

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999