At long last we have seen some vigour and determination on the picket line at Westoe. The mostly young lads had had enough and began a serious push against the pigs, taking them completely by surprise because they’d grown used to our passivity. We didn’t stop the scabs but we did get back some of the fighting spirit I thought we’d lost for ever.
The situation at Wearmouth grows worse by the day, with almost a quarter of the workforce, 500 men, now scabbing. This has really damaged morale because Wearmouth has always been seen as the most militant pit. If scabbing is so bad there, then how long can the rest of us continue?