Socialist Worker

Networking the picket lines

by Michael Bradley, Circulation Department
Issue No. 1913

ALAN FROM Sheffield shows how Socialist Worker sales can link together struggles by groups of striking workers:

“On Thursday we went down to the civil service picket lines and sold ten papers to the 20 pickets who were covering the various offices.

“The PCS action coincided with an all-out indefinite strike by First Group bus workers in South Yorkshire. We sold five copies of the paper to pickets wanting to read our report on their strike.”

“We also organised a carload of PCS members to visit the bus workers’ picket lines—this went down well. Socialist Worker readers have now raised well over £400 in solidarity, including over £100 from civil service workers.”

Harlesden House gets some Respect

PAUL REPORTS a brisk trade on civil service picket lines in London last week. Workers in the Department of Work and Pensions were striking in their long-running pay dispute:

“On Thursday we went round picket lines in central London. We sold four papers to four pickets at Aldwych, three to six pickets at Tavistock Square, three to eight pickets at Caxton House, and two papers at Denmark Street DWP.”

Five were sold to seven pickets at Harlesden House job centre, reports Sarah from north west London.

“The workers were bitter about management’s petty and uncaring attitude,” she says. “One picket was a Respect supporter, full of praise for Paul Foot and his readiness to help anyone seeking justice.”

Huw from Neath reports that Tony Benn paid tribute to Paul Foot at the Sidmouth Folk Festival last week, where Huw sold 20 papers.

Tony Benn also said if there were any New Labour supporters in the room they could leave through the exit on the far right of the auditorium.

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Sat 7 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1913
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