Friday, October 23, 2009

Postal action strikes a chord

Postal workers have been amazed by the phenomenal support Petersfield residents have given their strike action.

Hundreds of people came out to back the cause and formed one of the largest picket lines in the country, extending across the town square and down the High Street.

Strike leader Trey Sunion said: “The support we’ve had is overwhelming. People give us a lot of flak at times about the postal service and the queues here, but this goes to show when the chips are down they’re all backing us.

“We’ve had a few scabs crossing the picket and the response was unbelievable, hundreds of people shouting their heads off at them. They’ll think twice before doing it again.”

Basil Duffer, of Barham Road, was among those supporting the strike. The 86-year-old said: “I’m a regular customer of this post office and I can honestly say this is the worst it’s ever been.

“We all expect to queue but I’ve been here all day today and it literally hasn’t moved an inch. It’s ridiculous.

“Early on a couple of people obviously got fed up and went to walk straight to the front but we all gave them an earful and no one’s tried it since.”

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