The mass picket at Wearmouth was a fiasco, with only about 250 pickets facing over 500 pigs. The scab at Easington has split our forces and a lot of the men at Wearmouth were arguing that Easington is more important because it’s an NUM member involved. I tried to argue against them, saying 15 scabs could easily turn into 50 and then snowball from there. All scabbing has to be stopped and we should be asking for other unions to join us on the picket line instead of arguing over which one is more important.
Anyway 36 men were arrested at Wearmouth when the scab bus arrived. This is because the pickets are herded into a car park that has a shin high metal barrier surrounding it so we can’t push forward. The other thing that wound us up was that the bus that took the scabs in comes from Easington. We’ve been assured it won’t be used tomorrow.
Down at Easington there was what the media called a ‘riot’,with cars belonging to management being overturned in the pit yard and windows smashed. It was a rare victory for us.