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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2015
NSSN action in the North East
William Jarrett, National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) North East
The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) in the North East organised two days of fighting action on 4 and 5 December, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead.
Working alongside an organiser from the bakers union (BFAWU), 4 December was spent at a massive shopping centre in Gateshead.
Staff were highly receptive to the call for a £10 an hour minimum wage and an end to zero-hour contracts.
Managers at a fast food chain expressed an interest in joining the union. But at another global restaurant chain, we had to inform the managers that it's workers who decide whether to join a union, not bosses deciding on their behalf.
We were back in action again on 5 December in Newcastle city centre. One sandwich chain employee was so enthused that he agreed to sign up to BFAWU on the spot, declaring his admiration for Seattle socialist councillor Kshama Sawant, and insisting that the Fight for 15 movement would work in the UK.
Later, the NSSN, BFAWU, and Unite the Union converged on Sports Direct. The horrors of employment in the retail chain's Shirebrook warehouse have had extensive press coverage (see issue 870) and a national Unite campaign.
Dozens of trade unionists with megaphones demonstrated and Unite petitions were quickly filled in and leaflets calling for an end to boss Mike Ashley's reign of employment terror were enthusiastically accepted by passers-by voicing their support for workers.
The weekend concluded with a public NSSN meeting. Speakers from affiliated unions the CWU, BFAWU, PCS and RMT, gave rousing calls to action. A local Unison branch chair insisted that efforts could be expected to change the fact that his union's logo isn't on the NSSN banner.
The NSSN has ambitious plans for 2016 and you can follow the NSSN North East on Facebook and Twitter: @NSSN_NE.
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In The Socialist 9 December 2015:
What we think
How can Corbyn and the left win in the Labour Party?
International Brigades fought against capitalism, not for
Socialist Party news and analysis
Defending the right to deselect warmongers
Young people accused of extremism
Rail fares and profits rise as service suffers
Tax-dodging drug firm shuts research facility
Them & Us
Quiz of the year
International socialist news and analysis
French elections - Le Pen's far-right FN surges
Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights
Ireland - defend the Jobstown protesters
Sweden - public housing victory
Belgium - party congress success
Socialist Party feature
Floods reveal effect of government cuts
Carlisle - lives and livelihoods devastated
Capitalism's climate change policy failure
War and terrorism
A week of anti-war campaigning in Walthamstow
Workplace news and analysis
Interview with new RMT president
Unison general secretary election in crisis
Trade unions must join the fight for steel nationalisation
Strike in support of suspended headteacher
NSSN action in the North East
Workplace news in brief
Readers' comments and reviews
Eleanor Marx: A life of struggle, solidarity and socialism
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
TV review: Tomorrow's Food
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight to save our NHS
Thousands march around the country against the bombing of Syria
Confronting the far right in Derby
Subs campaign: have you increased yours yet?
North West fighting fund week of action!
The Socialist Christmas schedule
Socialist Party national committee meeting
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