On the Picket Line

“One of the most contentious instruments available to trade unions is the right to strike. This is the legal withdrawal of labour, the equivalent of a lock-out by the employer… Strikes and/or lock-outs hurt all sides and… should be strategies of the last resort. The threat of a strike or lock-out… is a powerful deterrent in itself—or should be. But it doesn’t always work that way.”

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WRITTEN BY
Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino
Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino is Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) at the University of Prince Edward Island. His research interests include labour relations.
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