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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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THE CHOICE: Settle the contract or watch strikebreakers use their right under federal law to vote out the union.
It appears that these individuals will be brought in as strikebreakers,'' said City Councilman and MTA board member Martin Ludlow during a specially called MTA meeting.
Such support will be necessary to avoid the divisiveness that characterized the guild's handling of the commercials strikebreakers in 2000.
US Nursing had been under fire from nurses' associations for providing strikebreakers.
Rowland also promised to pony up millions to pay for strikebreakers, a reprise of his response to the union's one-day walkout in March, when he authorized $4.
Pacifica management tried several years ago to remake KPFA in Berkeley using similar actions: locking out the employees, firing many, and bringing in security forces and strikebreakers.
00 bills to strikebreakers in partial payment for services rendered.
Because of various discriminatory practices and the enduring hostility of ethnics toward black strikebreakers, the latter remained resistant to union entreaties even though blacks and whites should have found common cause in this struggle as they did in other areas of the country.
One of his most challenging pieces was Herrin Massacre (1940), a rendering inspired by the actual 1925 killing of 26 company-hired strikebreakers by armed union members in Herrin, Ill.
But the strikebreakers themselves soon organized and went on strike.
Either we returned to work or we lost our jobs to strikebreakers.