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THE STREATHAM STRIKER 3
Hello fellow strikers, we are delighted that so many of you are continuing to withdraw your labour and want to assure you that the action is having a big impact in your offices. Please stick with PCS throughout the dispute and do not be tempted back into your offices by the nonsense being put out by management to convince you that this action is misguided.
Remember that there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes to keep the strike going and to ensure that we continue to make a strong showing on the picket lines.
It is interesting to note that despite the fact that a minibus full of around 15 HEO's from elsewhere pulls up every day, Balham office remains closed to the public.
We have started a petition for members of the public who wish to support our stance and the response has been fantastic so far. Again, you can help us by collecting signatures.
Alan Ambrose, who was due to go to the Streatham picket line on 14/9/01 was unfortunately the victim of a mugging attempt on a 57 bus in the Streatham area the day before by a group of teenagers. Due to the quick actions of the bus driver who shouted out that he had called the police the gang fled empty handed and Alan was thankfully unharmed. Understandably he was reluctant to go to Streatham the next day but to his credit he did picket at Balham. The incident has been duly reported to the police.
Remember, the strike centre at PCS HQ in Clapham Junction is run by strikers not PCS Staff. There is plenty here to occupy idle hands so come and help us between 11am and 3pm. We have a nice office and great facilities to use. All strikers are welcome.
Phone: 0207 924 2727 ext 2305 (11am -3pm), Mobile 07903 056983 (Pay queries)
Another customer who signed the petition made the point that screens protect him from doing something which may be out of character due to frustration brought about by the benefit system.
Tribute should be paid to those hardy souls who I have braved the picket lines on a regular basis so far in this dispute. And we would like to express our thanks to those who have picketed on a regular basis.
Thanks also go out to the well-wishers who drop by to see us on the lines now and again but do you think you can handle doing a full stint on the picket line sometime? As for the rest of you. Come on down and greet the minibus with the visiting HEO's at Balham or spend some quality time with Chris Nichol at Streatham, you'll find that being outdoors for a few hours is good for your complexion!
Reports reach our ears of intense intimidation being dished out to ES members in Streatham to discourage them from going on strike. It is disgusting and wrong but unfortunately it is having its desired effect. The turnout from ES members on strike at the moment remains low. It seems that Chris Nichol and his cronies will stop at nothing to ensure that they deliver a service in the Streatham office and to hell with the human cost involved in this. The tactics seem bizarre however members are able to do very little in the face of such intimidating individuals. (Examples that we have been told of are Streatham staff being moved to other sites and other staff and managers being brought in to cover these posts).
You can be assured that PCS can deal with this problem if the members are willing to speak out about
A well-attended demonstration took place at Streatham office on Friday 21 September. Colleagues and fellow strikers from Brent came down to show their support for our dispute. For the pickets who have been on duty at Streatham this show of solidarity was a welcome morale boost because of the enthusiasm that the numbers of people brought with them, and the looks of panic on the faces of management! A further demonstration on the same basis is planned for Thursday 27 September please try to get along and show your support.
The inaugural meeting of the Streatham strikers took place on Friday 21 September at PCS HQ in Clapham Junction. It was attended by nearly 100 people, which took the security guards by surprise as the room was booked in anticipation of considerably less than that. Thank you all for proving us wrong and please keep attending to keep up to date with what is going on. The meeting was opened and chaired by Tony Church a full time official from the Leeds office. He explained that he would be the link between the strikers in Streatham and Brent and the senior union infrastructure. The meeting was welcomed by the attendees and was successful in geeing members up to take part in further strike activity. There will meetings each Friday at PCS HQ at 11 .30am. The next one will therefore be on Friday 28th September. Please try and attend especially if you didn't make the first one.