At Glasgow Mail Centre, Springburn, the post strike began with a walk-out at 4.45am. A driver refused to cross a picket line at the nearby Baird Street delivery office. Management suspended him and the 20 or so drivers remaining threw in their van keys and walked off their shift there and then. A CWU union rep said that management had been acting like this up and down the country.
Support for the strike was solid. Cleaners, catering staff, customer service staff and engineers refused to cross the picket line. By 7am there was a large crowd of pickets and supporters at the gates of the centre.
David, an engineer, said, “People who cross think they’ll be remembered but they’re just numbers to management. I know, I’ve been through redundancies before.
“Workers are perfectly right to strike. Managers are up for bonuses for every penny they save. They’re not interested in providing services for the public.”
Iain Johnston – a CWU Unit rep, who has been with Royal Mail for 23 years – was pleased with the support for the strike and wanted to increase workers involvement. He said, “The strike has been solid but we should have had a rally. Counters and Cashco staff could have gone. It would have showed solidarity and everyone would have had something to gear themselves towards.”
Workers were clear that further strikes would be needed and that hand of Gordon Brown was in the dispute. Iain Johnston said, “Another two days of strikes should make them back down. Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier are kidding themselves on. The strike is a kick in the teeth for them.”
“The CWU wrote to Leighton and Crozier asking for a meeting but they just reiterated what they said before. I think Brown pushed them to say that. He should be pushing to get it sorted as he employed them.”
Norrie Watson, union organiser, said, “I’d like to ask the number one shareholder why he isn’t getting round the table again.”