A Bias against the Unions?

  • Richard Clutterbuck


No one has been killed on a picket line in Great Britain since 1911, other than in traffic accidents. This is all the more remarkable in view of the intensity of the bitterness between strikers and non-strikers. The striker regards the ‘scab’ who goes to work as a traitor who undermines the strike, continues to draw his pay and, worst of all, takes the benefit from any settlement for higher wages without sharing in the sacrifice. The non-striker, for his part, resents the coercion and the intimidation, physical or psychological, and resents being made to feel guilty because of his beliefs; he resents it all the more when his main concern is for his family or the community (particularly if he is a public service worker) rather than for himself.


Trade Union Manual Worker Political Violence Political Bias Closed Shop 
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Notes and References

  1. 4.
    Peter Beharrell and Greg Philo (eds), Trade Unions and the Media (London: Macmillan, 1977) p. 8. The same two writers were members of the Glasgow Media Group which wrote Bad News (1976) and More Bad News (1980) which were mentioned in the Introduction.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    Denis MacShane, Using the Media: Workers’ Handbook (London: Pluto Press, 1979) p. 1.Google Scholar

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© Richard Clutterbuck 1983

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