Shop stewards network

400,000 public sector workers across the country demonstrated once again on May
10th that the mass campaign against pension cuts is still very much alive. The
“regulars” like the PCS, NIPSA and UCU were joined this time by Unite
workers in health, who organised a lively demonstration from St Thomas’s
Hospital London; Unite staff from government departments; the Immigration
Service Union (ISU); and RMT members the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The NSSN gives
a special mention to POA members across the country left the prisons with only
emergency cover to stage “illegal” walkouts. These lasted 7 hours and
involved all Scottish prison officers and 80% in England & Wales. This was
topped by a massive demo filing past Parliament of 35,000 off-duty police,
16,000 of whom wore black caps each to signify a job cut. Their few banners
expressed their anger.” Utterly betrayed” and “”No Right to Strike =
Right to be screwed.” It is a sign of government short-sightedness that they
cannot even beef up the forces of the state they rely on! However, the
significant union missing was unfortunately the NUT. It is a fact that closed
schools helps enormously to provoke media headlines, and add to the pressure on
the government. And they have been there in the actions so far. There were many
reports of strikers on picket lines asking where the teachers were? In fact the
NUT National Executive were meeting in London at the same time as these
demonstrations were taking place, and, it was reported at a brief lobby of
teachers at DfEE, that they had decided against a strike in June, despite
clear agreement at their recent annual Conference to do so.

The task of bringing the school teachers back into the fold, and how to build
on the vote of Unison health workers who narrowly rejected the pensions deal in
a ballot, now takes on an even more urgent character. NSSN Conference in June
9th is increasingly looking like a very useful forum to discuss the way
forward. We urge as many members of teaching unions and local government in
particular to make a special effort to come along. We need to organise unity
from the bottom up. We’ve just produced more copies of an updated leaflet for
the conference. Let us know if you need a supply!

The battle on pensions is the most favourable terrain we have to fight on
together. Pension cuts unite all public sector workers more than any other cuts
campaigns. The Coalition government looks increasingly on the ropes. PCS and
Unite have indicated plans to call another action at the end of June. Bob Crow
has raised the possibility of a “national strike” in the autumn. We have
the potential to win. NSSN Conference can play a role in helping to win. Be
there!

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Saturday 9th June, Friends Meeting House, Euston Rd, London
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http://www.shopstewards.net/

Conference arrangements:

The NSSN Conference will elect the Steering Committee. The Committee of around
20 people meets about 3 or 4 times a year in London , and organises the work of
the NSSN throughout the year.

Election procedure is as follows
1) Nominations must state your union and position
2) Nominations must have a proposer and seconder
2) Write a couple of sentences about yourself
3) Send to lindattaaffe66@btinternet.com & info@shopstewards.net
4) Get it in by 12 noon Thursday 7th June
5) Voting takes place at the NSSN Conference in the Business section

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Investigative Journalist/Researcher for major media. Exposing the truth and police corruption with in UK police service.Certain forces say their motto is Honesty & Integrity One must ask is it lip service or genuinely meant. CO-OP Labour Party member questioning is the party standing for working class of Britain. Trade Union Activist & promoting diversity,community cohesion within multicultural Britain. Anti fascist speaks out against all foams of discrimination.
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