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27 June 2012

RMT conference prepares for battle

RMT delegates attending their annual conference have no illusions about the attacks they face across the industry and the fightback necessary to defeat them, writes Jared Wood, Neasden RMT political officer and conference delegate

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2 May 2012

National Shop Stewards Network 6th annual conference

Saturday 9 June 11am - 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Speakers include:
* Bob Crow, transport union RMT general secretary
* Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
* A leading Rank and File member of the construction workers' campaign
* Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary

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TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

2 May 2012

TUSC: the electoral alternative to the parties of the rich

Round-up across the country: All together in Liverpool to support TUSC mayoral stand: 300 people attended the Liverpool pre-election rally for mayoral candidate Tony Mulhearn and other Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates across Merseyside, writes Dave Walsh.

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27 April 2012

Waltham Forest rally: TUSC standing leaders with 'bottle' to fight cuts

100 people attended the Waltham Forest (NE London) TUSC meeting to hear RMT general secretary Bob Crow and TUSC candidates Nancy Taaffe and Jenny Sutton

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25 April 2012

TUSC campaigns round-up

Hillingdon - Bob Crow: Nearly 70 local people in Uxbridge, west London, listened to Bob Crow argue the case for TUSC on 18 April...

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7 December 2011

Reinstate Paul Kelly: Solidarity with Portsmouth RMT

On 11 November Paul Kelly, an elected transport union RMT rep at Wightlink Ferries in Portsmouth was dismissed on trumped-up charges and what many workers see as an anti-union vendetta by management...

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On the picket line at Balfour Beaty London HQ, photo Neil Cafferky

7 December 2011

Construction workers fight a 35% cut in wages

The biggest of the 'Dirty 7' big contractors, Balfour Beatty, may have outlawed the strike by their electricians but today saw protests and walkouts all over the country. NB: Contribution from an electrician added on 9.12.11 (see end)

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10,000 marched against job cuts on Saturday 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades, backed by the RMT and other unions, photo Paul Mattsson

10,000 marched. Photo Paul Mattsson

28 July 2011

Nationalise Bombardier to save jobs

Train manufacturer Bombardier has announced the loss of 1,400 jobs following the government decision to award the Thameslink rail project to German company, Siemens. Around 10,000 marched against job cuts on Saturday 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades...

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Bob Crow, Railway workers union general secretary, RMT, addresses NSSN lobby of TUC, photo Suleman Civi

Bob Crow at NSSN lobby

4 March 2011

RMT secures major court victory on right to strike

Press release from RMT: Transport union RMT this morning secured a major victory in the Court of Appeal over UK strike laws that will pave the way for millions to take action over cuts to jobs and services in the months ahead...

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

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

19 January 2011

Discussing an NSSN anti-cuts campaign

National Shop Stewards Network conference 22 January: In the debates and discussions that have taken place in the run up to the NSSN special anti-cuts conference on 22 January, a number of assumptions and misunderstandings have been raised in meetings around the country and also circulated on the internet...

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12 January 2011

National Shop Stewards Network: Strategy and tactics - a dialogue

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT), yesterday sent an email to the National Shop Stewards Network and the Socialist Party, calling for unity in the anti-cuts struggles...

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Bob Crow, Railway workers union general secretary, RMT, addresses NSSN lobby of TUC, photo Suleman Civi

Bob Crow at NSSN lobby of TUC, photo Suleman Civi

12 January 2011

Joint statement on NSSN anti-cuts conference

Joint statement on meeting between Bob Crow (RMT general secretary), Alex Gordon (RMT president), Bill Mullins (Socialist Party and co-organiser of the NSSN) and Linda Taaffe (Socialist Party and secretary of the NSSN)...

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11 January 2011

Correspondence with Bob Crow on fighting the cuts

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT), yesterday sent an email to the National Shop Stewards Network and the Socialist Party, calling for unity in the anti-cuts struggles...

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Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, addresses National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, addresses National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference in Manchester 2010, photo Suleyman Civi

29 September 2010

What's the point of the unions?

Following the highest-profile TUC conference in almost a generation, the Dispatches programme: What's the point of the unions? promised to shine a light on trade unionism in 2010, writes Greg Maughan.

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24 September 2010

How the Tories were defeated last time around

The poll tax: It is not an accident that the most militant trade union leaders in Britain today, such as Bob Crow (general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union), are calling for the "biggest movement since the poll tax" to defeat the cuts...

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15 September 2010

TUC told to name the day

National Shop Stewards Network lobby - Manchester: I didn't want to get up at 6am in the morning on my Sunday off to make a four hour journey to Manchester and then a four hour journey back to ask the TUC Congress to name the day for a national demonstration, writes Nancy Taaffe.

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15 September 2010

TUC: Build for action against cuts

The first day of the TUC opened with reports of the congress as the main item on the breakfast news, showing footage of the National Shop Stewards Network lobby as the backdrop, writes Greg Maughan.

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N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo  Socialist Party

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo Socialist Party

14 September 2010

National Shop Stewards Network lobbies TUC

NSSN Lobby of the Trades Union Congress in Manchester

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1 September 2010

Battles ahead on London Underground

On 24 August, reps from transport unions TSSA and RMT met to discuss the first ever joint strike between the two unions on London Underground, writes Reg Johnstone, RMT.

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23 August 2010

London tube unions announce strike action

On 24 August, reps from transport unions TSSA and RMT met to discuss the first ever joint strike between the two unions on London Underground, writes Reg Johnstone.

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