Strikebreaker


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Strikebreaker

 

in capitalist countries, an individual used by employers to disrupt strikes and to weaken workers’ unions. Strikebreakers are recruited from déclassé elements and from people without class consciousness, as well as from unemployed people who are pressed by need. Unemployment is the economic foundation of strikebreaking. In many capitalist countries, especially the USA, there are legal organizations that supply strike breakers to firms whose employees are involved in job actions. Bourgeois propaganda uses any means to hide the profound amorality of strikebreaking by evoking the right to work that labor allegedly enjoys under capitalism. Bourgeois labor law actively encourages strikebreaking.

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In 1904 he pronounced the strikebreaker a "fair type of hero," a man possessed of an abundance of courage, who was even "willing to risk his life.
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TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The Government should concentrate on resolving issues through negotiation, not the provocative use of troops as strikebreakers.
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Mark Dunne, chairman of Merseyside's FBU, told the ECHO: "Rather than wait for the result of the ballot, they have taken four emergency engines to start training strikebreakers.