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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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Especially in fields where mass picketing was not necessary to achieve organization, and where unskilled workers labored in small numbers at widely scattered worksites, an exploitative union like Teamsters Local 272 could emerge.
Members of the six striking unions press their leaders to resume mass picketing at the printing plant and to produce a competing newspaper.
94) Finally, employers did not seek injunctions primarily to protect human limb and life (for example against assault), but more often to enjoin picketing, stop mass picketing, prevent "intimidation," "inducing breach of contract," or "accosting employees.
Increased support for mass picketing in Nottingham is also being proposed.
Now what if, because of Brown's intransigence, mass picketing begins again?
After the Northwest Businessmen's Association stopped the mass picketing with their injunction, a wave of anti-Jewish feeling broke out among movement forces.
Others, who tolerated the right to strike, condemned mass picketing as coercive.
The Order restrains the Unions and persons acting in concert with them from mass picketing, committing acts of violence or interfering with the conduct of business.
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.
Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair made clear in a foreword to the 47-page document there will be no return to the days of strikes without ballots, mass picketing, closed shops and secondary action.