Secondary Picketing

Posted: December 10, 2011 by rabidleftwinger in Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!

Secondary picketing. It appears the only thing the Daily Mail hates more than trade unionists who picket their own workplace is those who do secondary picketing. And as the right wingers hate it so much I thought it must be something worth trying.

I took 30th November off my (private sector) work and joined a picket outside Ivor House on Acre Lane, chatting to people about why they should not cross the picket line. It was disheartening to see some people crossing, but they were generally polite and would stop and talk. “I’m not in the pension scheme” was one of the most common reasons given for crossing. “Well if you can’t afford a pension now imagine what it will be like if the changes come through”, I thought, “it will end up like the private sector where only one third of workers have pensions”. However, as is often the way, I only remembered this argument after I’d spoken to them.

What made the picket line special were the people who stopped. Someone who worked in the charity sector dropped by to offer us food, and someone came up to the picket line whilst talking to his friends on his mobile on whether he should cross the picket line. He then talked to us: his manager had been constantly pressuring him to cross the picket line, but he really didn’t want to do it. We talked to him for a while, then he picked up his phone, told his manager he was not crossing the picket line, then went down to the strikers cafe. Result!

Later there was the rally in Windrush Square, the demonstration on the tube train and the getting drunk down the pub, but I can honestly say none was as fun as the secondary picketing. No wonder the Daily Mail hate it so much.

Chris Blake


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