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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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Regardless, soon one strikebreaker and two strikers were dead, with a third seriously wounded.
Three people were arrested during the trouble on Posidonos Avenue, which began at around 9am when some 50 strikebreakers tried to enter the site, which was being guarded by construction workers on day nine of an islandwide strike.
Despite these hardships, women did not uniformly oppose the strike; some gleefully participated in demonstrations, smuggled labour newspapers to each other under their aprons, looted coal from coal cars, or threw potatoes at strikebreakers.
According to AMFA, the airline's decision to hire replacement workers is against an ordinance prohibiting the employment of "strikebreakers" at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.
During The Nutcracker engagement, which the DTH dancers accepted, Alan Gordon, the executive director of AGMA, sent a letter to Ballet Concierto, explaining that because the American National Labor Relations Act applies to non-union groups, the DTH dancers would be considered strikebreakers. Will the dancers be penalized?
The agrarian radicals of the People's Party carried Kansas in the election of 1892--the national victor, Grover Cleveland, didn't even place--and throughout that decade the Kansas Populists elected governors, legislators, and judges; the laws they passed ranged from a ban on Pinkerton strikebreakers to a pay cut for county officials.
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THE CHOICE: Settle the contract or watch strikebreakers use their right under federal law to vote out the union.
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. The American Nurses Association had said the company undermines nurses and delays the resolution of strikes.
The school's chair of governors had originally told parents by letter that the school would be open Tuesday, but NUT Cymru said that if "strikebreakers" were used, the strike action could escalate across the county.
In mines in the West, sugar fields in the South, and textile manufacturing in the Northeast, walkouts were countered with strikebreakers; there were many confrontations like the Haymarket Riot in Chicago, resulting in labor leaders being branded as socialists and anarchists.