Thursday’s strike was a terrific success with many Crewe members joined outside the building by supporters from elsewhere, plus both our Unite Regional Officer and the National Officer for the IT and Comms Sector, Kevin O’Gallagher. Some members from Crewe joined members from Manchester to march in protest alongside public sector workers – some of whom are our customers – in Manchester City Centre, where many leaflets about the case were distributed. The Crewe office was very quiet indeed, possibly many people chose to stay away rather than cross a picket line, but also many members were on strike. This highlights the depth of feeling amongst members at Crewe. Donations were received from workers who were not balloted and support the campaign. Photographs and media coverage are posted at ourunion.org.uk/news.
Action short of strike continues, members agreed that this would be:
- Ban on overtime (paid or unpaid) unless paid at least Unsocial Hours Policy (UHP) rates.
- Work to rule and contract (for example ban on work phone calls outside contracted hours unless paid on standby, ensure backup before and after applying patches, test and document thoroughly, be diligent about Performance Plus and Personal Development Plan activities and what is written in objectives, carefully read all Company notices and Health & Safety information, read all the information from the Pensions and Redundancy consultation websites, take regular backups of PC, comply with the “tidy desk” policy).
- Ban on using own vehicle to travel on company business unless in receipt of an allowance.
- Policy of non co-operation.