Some 130 CWU union members working on the Television Licensing contract for Capita in Bristol took strike action on 29 and 30 January in response to a business decision to move work to Mumbai in India.
Picket lines were formed at both the Pithay and Temple Street sites.
At Pithay an inexperienced manager with no past knowledge of strikes thought he could dictate where the pickets were situated but was soon sent packing.
Postal workers refused to deliver Capita’s mail in solidarity with the strikers.
The pickets at Pithay marched to the Temple Street site each day in time for a union meeting and bacon rolls.
They made lots of noise and received plenty of support from the public who also appear to be sick and tired of jobs going abroad.
At Temple Street the sound of cars hooting in support of the strike resulted in a manager from a local B&B complaining that people were unable to sleep.
CWU officials Dave Wilshire and Alan West (together with ill-fitting coat) addressed the picket line on both days. National official Andy Furey visited the site on the first day and spoke about how the strike would be escalated if Capita didn’t reverse their decision.
A company director was even seen giving support to the strike on day one while another manager just looked sheepish.
On day two the picket line was bolstered by around 40 people on a coach trip to Torquay waiting in the wrong place for their transport.