Support Spalding Guardian strikers
Notes from a picket
I've not long back been back from the picket today. First time I've done
a whole day and the feet, legs and back are really aching!
It chucked it down with rain from lunchtime as well :(
None of that had any effect on the spirit of the strikers though, far
from it, if anything it has strengthened. Today we started a petition
and the support from the public was overwhelming, we have sheets of
signatures including Geoff Capes and the leader of Lincolnshire County
Council (a Tory!).
Also we put a lot of effort into getting drivers passing by to sound
their horns in support as we know that is going to really annoy the
people working in the office trying to get the paper out. Yesterday the
local fireman drove past three times with sirens and horns blaring which
The MD has visited the picket for the past two days and reading between
the lines and judging from the body language we think they are beginning
to crack. The strikers go back to work tomorrow (Thurs) for two days
after completing the first of the two planned five day strikes.
Hopefully there will be a resumption of talks but nothing is definite
After that if there is no settlement there will be another five day
strike from Sat to the following Wed just as the first strike. Then back
to work for the Thurs and Friday.
Thanks for your support last Saturday, it
really does give everyone a huge boost to know you are behind them and it
was great to meet you.