18 September 2013
The solidarity picket called for 2am Wednesday morning at the Wigan Hovis factory saw the picket line swell to 120 people.
Mostly pickets, supported from Trade Union delegations from Wigan, Lancaster, Salford, Bolton and Manchester. The atmosphere was determined and militant.
As soon as the first wagon began to leave the factory pickets instructed everyone to stand closely together and refuse to move.
The first lorry took over half an hour to exit Cale Lane with only 8 lorries leaving the depot. Drivers refused to cross the picket line, management had brought in from other factories to drive the wagons.
By 5am such was the effectiveness of the pickets strategies for slowing and stopping the deliveries leaving that management stopped even trying to inch the lorries out of the factory and down Cale Lane.
At 6am the morning shift were led into the plant by Geoff Atkinson, regional secretary – head held high to rapturous applause and chants of ‘The workers united will never be defeated’.
Leicester and Belfast plants are balloting for industrial action and Bradford has already balloted a yes vote 70 percent to 30 percent for industrial action.
Morale and confidence in the Wigan plant workers is high and they are already planning for their third week of industrial action if talks with management do not reach a satisfactory conclusion.
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