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On breaking a strike.

A strikebreaker (sometimes derogatorily called a scab, blackleg, or knobstick) is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. Wikipedia

There’s a lot of chatter on social media about whether or not union members can *choose* not to strike, and whether they would get paid for working on the strike day if they went to work.

I haven’t got a definitive answer yet, but how very sad that any union members would be actively trying to find ways to break a strike.

How astounding that anyone would be encouraging others to do so.

And how utterly unbelievable to be hunting down possible loopholes to get paid on a strike day.

Yes, it’s term 4, yes it’s report season, and yes, there are bills to pay, but it’s no small thing to cross a picket line (literally or figuratively) and work on a strike day.

Once the settlement comes in, would strikebreakers expect the same gains as the members who actively held the strike?

I wonder?

Are we paddling this waka together?  If not, why bother joining a union?

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~ Dianne

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One thought on “On breaking a strike.

  1. I’m not a union member, but somewhat agree with the strike. Our school is closed for the day, and so I’m giving the pay I receive for that day to the school as a donation.

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    Posted by Anon. Non-Union Member | November 8, 2018, 8:36 pm

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