There were around 30 pickets at the Dundee West depot. At the Dundee East depot, the only people in the depot were four managers and cleaner.
Workers told Socialist Worker how angry they were over Adam Crozier’s comments about the workforce and the level of his pay.
There were 15 people at the Arbroath depot and there was also a good turnout at the St. Andrews depot.
Royal Mail didn’t even bother to open the delivery office in Cupar, Fife, as the strike was so solid. Out of 53 workers, only three managers went in.
There were six official pickets joined by several other supporters outside the office.
Strikers said that there is a lot at stake with this dispute – not just pay, but job losses and the break up of the service for privatisation.
The CWU rep at the office said he thinks that the postal service is being set up to fail. He was very positive about the prospect of joint action with the PCS civil service workers union and other public sector unions.
He said that the leaders of the unions needed to get together and agree on joint action.
There were 30 pickets outside St Rollox post depot in Springburn, Glasgow.
Some of these were engineers and customer and sales staff who although not part of dispute, had refused to cross the picket line and joined it in support.
One of the sales staff said, “We are refusing to cross the picket line because we have friends and family out on strike and we want to show solidarity.”
Picketing started at 3am. Drivers who were supposed to work to the end of their shift before joining the strike walked off the job early.
Some trucks left the depot driven by managers. Several pickets said this probably wasn’t safe as the managers were not used to driving them. One truck then crashed into the gatepost trying to get back into the depot.
Jim McKechnie, branch secretary of Glasgow District Amal CWU said, “Royal Mail are trying to make the public think that mail is still moving, but its not. Nothing is moving. And managers are running around in postie uniforms kidding on they’re posties.”
At Central Glasgow Counters on St Vincent Street there were five on the picket line. The office was opened by two managers. Pickets said that counters were completely solid.
East Kilbride had opened, but with only two managers on the counters.
The CWU strike was solid all across the Lothians this morning.
One postal worker said, “This is not just about pay – if it were, we would not be on strike. It’s hard to be on strike, but we have to do it – they’re attacking our jobs and working conditions”
One worker, Andy said, “We have to let Gordon Brown know that we are determined to fight for the postal service, because that’s what this is about.
“It’s about privatising the postal service. I worked in the private sector for many years and believe me, private industry is not about bringing a service to the people – it’s about making money.”
Another worker Tam said. “It’s hard for us to strike for even one day, but if we are going to win we need more of this.”
The strike was solid at Llansamlet delivery office in Swansea with 12 CWU members picketing. Other trade unionists joined them on the picket line.
One worker said, “This issue has been boiling up for ages with the way we’re treated at work. But pay was the final straw.”
The Neath office was also solid.
From the Post Office in the Mumbles to the massive sorting office in Cardiff, the CWU picket lines in South Wales were friendly and very determined to win their dispute.
There were around a dozen pickets at the main sorting office in Swansea, most of whom were very glad to see Socialist Worker and Respect supporters on the picket line. One picket joked that there were more teachers than posties!
In Cardiff the strike was almost completely solid. One picket said that only one person had gone in and that we should feel free to print his name in the paper in bold.
AJ Singh of Cardiff CWU told Socialist Worker, “If Allan Leighton wants dignity and respect in the postal service then he needs to show some dignity and respect by paying staff properly and not eroding their working conditions”.
Strikers talked about the possibility of joint action with the PCS and will be working with PCS members to set up a joint union meeting on how best to beat Gordon Brown’s pay freeze.