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.
KeywordsTrade Union Manual Worker Political Violence Political Bias Closed Shop
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Notes and References
- 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
- 5.Denis MacShane, Using the Media: Workers’ Handbook (London: Pluto Press, 1979) p. 1.Google Scholar