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Post strike reports from around the country show anger and strength

For full coverage of the strike go to <a href=\"art.php?id=12264\"><span class=\"red\">»</span> Picket line reports on 29 June post strike</a>, where there are more than 50 reports and 20 pictures. Here are a few of the best

Issue No. 2058

Strikers in Huddersfield

Strikers in Huddersfield


Glasgow

At the mail centre in Springburn, the 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.

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.

Iain Johnston, CWU unit rep, who has worked for Royal Mail for 23 years, 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. Another two days of strikes could make them back down. The strike is a kick in the teeth for Leighton and Crozier.

“The CWU wrote to them asking for a meeting but they just reiterated what they said before. I think Gordon Brown pushed them to say that. He should be pushing to get it sorted as he employed them.”


Luton

Although this was the first national post strike in 11 years, it was the second time in a few weeks that staff in Luton had set up picket lines.

Workers were livid that driver John Peters had been unfairly dismissed. The resulting day of action saw in excess of 50 pickets at Luton.

The picket in Luton for the national strike was also very well attended. There was a feeling of increasing confidence in their own power, and anger at Crozier and Leighton’s plans.

There was a token management presence. They are well known for incompetence. At one point a man left the depot with a large sack of mail for delivery, only to reappear shortly. “What’s up?” shouted the pickets. “They gave me the wrong job,” came the reply. The strikers fell about laughing.


Devon and Cornwall

Royal Mail expressed surprise at the level of support among postal workers and counters staff for the strike here. Extrapolating from their own figures on the numbers who worked, it appears that about 95 percent of workers struck.

This figure was reflected at Exeter mail centre and the delivery office where, of 250 delivery staff, only one went into work!

Despite propaganda and repression from management since our unofficial walkout last year, workers are more determined than ever to stand up against the local and national management regime.

Fran Choules


East Midlands airport

There was picketing from 6am until 10.15pm with 25 out of 60 drivers showing up to support the action on the gate over the day.

There was massive public support from people going off on holiday to sunnier climes.

What really surprised the pickets was the level of support for our cause from passing drivers working for DHL, TNT, UPS, Trent Buses, and Nottingham City Transport who constantly blared their horns to show their solidarity.

Thanks to the pilots, catering staff, firefighters, and security staff for stopping and wishing us luck. Agency drivers refused to cross picket lines and went home.

Gary Brooks East Midlands airport vehicle operations centre CWU drivers’ rep (personal capacity)


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