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The presence at an employer's business of one or more employees and/or other persons who are publicizing a labor dispute, influencing employees or customers to withhold their work or business, respectively, or showing a union's desire to represent employees; picketing is usually accompanied by patrolling with signs.


Labor Law; Labor Union.


n. standing or parading near a business or government office usually with signs of protest or claims in labor disputes or public policy controversies (peace marches to pro- or anti-abortion advocates). Picketing is constitutionally guaranteed as free speech, but in some cases it may be limited by court order to prevent physical combat, blocking of entrances or threats to the public safety.


from the French for ‘pike’, this describes the practice of placing strikers between the worker and his place of work to stop him coming off strike or to encourage him to go on strike. Almost a century of oscillating legislation controls the practice in the UK. Generally, it is permitted if carried out peacefully and with a view to communicating information or persuading persons and is carried out at a person's own place of work. This latter phrase prevents picketing outside the target's garden and restrained the flying picket, someone who would go anywhere to help out workers in a strike even though he himself might not have any dispute with the target. Secondary picketing, where suppliers of the target become themselves targets, is prohibited. While the law generally does not prohibit peaceful picketing, it has not created a right to picket; a picket standing in front of a lorry and obstructing it peacefully to communicate with the driver commits the offence of obstruction. Picketing also must be in accordance with the GOLDEN FORMULAE. Many pickets are not illegal simply for that reason. A code of practice issued by the Secretary of State indicates that there should be no more than six pickets at any entrance or exit and that frequently fewer will be appropriate. Public Order powers may be engaged if more than 20 persons are present.
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By 14 November, OFL delegates joined to create a mass picket.
To mark the end of the week of strike action, staff organised a mass picket at Network Rail's panel signal box in Newport.
Striking steelmen were today planning a mass picket at the biggest private sector works in the Midlands after reports that the men were going back to work.
53) Moreover, as UE staffer Bill Woodbeck later recalled, it was hard to argue they were not picketting when some PLC leaders had loudly declared at meetings that "if it's a mass picket you want, we'll be glad to offer it .
Hundreds of loyalists - including shadowy paramilitary figures from the UDA and UVF - are planning a mass picket on Tuesday night at Ardeevin.
In addition, the State Supreme Court granted Ohrbach's an anti-picketing injunction, allowing police to arrest those strikers who attempted to form a mass picket line and block customers' entrance to the stores.
The events are expected to draw hundreds of community members to participate in mass picket lines to support the struggle of striking supermarket workers to retain their health and retirement benefits.
Binmen were on a mass picket line at the Whitley depot in London Road early today and pickets were out at libraries, schools, cemeteries and Canley Crematorium.
A mass picket outside Parliament, and the presentation of a dossier to 10 Downing Street ensured that this issue will not go away.
Their bosses locked them out of the Port of Liverpool and they began a mass picket.
If these demands were not met, the committee would step up its actions with mass picket lines.