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Picketing

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.

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Labor Law; Labor Union.

picketing

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.

picketing

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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Nor did they depend upon those workers to organize the union through mass picketing and long strikes.
Plans to "wreck the food distribution system'' by mass picketing of road haulage firms are also under scrutiny.
September 13: An injunction barring mass picketing of printing plant is issued.
We faced mass picketing, where striking workers blocked all entrances to our headquarters building.
Former BBC industrial and political correspondent Nicholas Jones writes: "Her Cabinet papers for 1984 reveal that she demanded action after becoming 'deeply disturbed' at the way the NUM had resorted so quickly to unlawful mass picketing to intimidate those men who had volunteered to work normally.
A report to deputy chief constable William Wilson said the strike proved the public did not respect the police's authority and urged major new laws to outlaw mass picketing and increase public disorder policing powers.
Moreover, mass picketing had historically played a part in key UE strikes in Peterborough, and the tactic commanded strong support from more militant unionists who perceived it to be the only way to effect a meaningful picket line.
Increased support for mass picketing in Nottingham is also being proposed.
Now what if, because of Brown's intransigence, mass picketing begins again?
Detroit Newspapers, the business agent for The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, reported that the distribution of the Sunday edition was on time throughout metropolitan Detroit, despite mass picketing at two distribution warehouses.