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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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ARU strike leaders, including Debs, served three to six months in jail, and injunctions, backed by the Supreme Court, became a key tool for state and federal strikebreaking.
Many industrial workers, increasingly convinced that their principal enemy was 'Vaticanist fascism', were similarly horrified by the Church's redoubled attempts to sabotage the anarchist and Socialist unions by strikebreaking and the fomenting of yellow unionism.
Indeed, strikebreaking workers were perceived as enemies more dangerous than capitalists.
At the Carnegie Steel (Homestead) lockout in 1892, entrenched workers fired on Pinkerton detectives hired to protect strikebreaking replacements, attempted to sink the barges they arrived on with cannon fire, and poured oil into the fiver and set it on fire before the Pinkertons surrendered.
investigated the use of private police in strikebreaking, but he found it difficult to distinguish between the functions of private police agencies and suppliers of public police.
Moreover, "[f]ormal private police forces, like the Pennsylvania Coal and Iron Police and the strikebreaking Pinkerton Detective Agency, founded in 1852 by Allan Pinkerton, served industrialists' interests in labor disputes.
Shaw, who appears to lean toward the open-the-border side, contends that Chavez didn't mind illegal immigration per se, merely illegal immigration when it took the form of strikebreaking.
military bases in our country, the militarization of the countryside, rampant corruption, strikebreaking, even the aesthetics of the traditional beauty pageant.
The Taft-Hartley Act allows the executive branch of the federal government to obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike "imperiled the national health or safety," a test that has been interpreted broadly by the courts (Abraham 1996).
There may however also be an Employment Court hearing regarding allegations from the union that the airline, which is an Air New Zealand subsidiary, implemented illegal measures for strikebreaking.
For blacks, however, strikebreaking in the pre-New Deal era was a way of entering advancing industries otherwise closed to them by union discrimination.