Today was my first back on the picket line since September. Then it was to stop 7 scabs going into Wearmouth; now it’s to stop 56 scabs claimed by the NCB at my own pit, Westoe. Problem is, no attempt at all was made to stop any of the three buses that sped into the pit. The very fact they are using three buses when one would do shows the Boards desperation to convince men to scab, and the media keeps us constantly reminded that the scab numbers are rising. It’s very discouraging. I seem to have been saying the same thing since the start of the strike but that doesn’t make it less true. We need MASS PICKETS to push and shove against the pigs to stop the scabs. We could have had a go with the 200 men present today but no one was trying to organise or encourage.
If the depressing mood at Westoe is being repeated elsewhere then the strike is headed for a sell out at best, total defeat at worst. Shouting scab at faceless traitors won’t stop them going into work, and neither will vandalising their homes because the NCB just pays for repairs.