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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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The workers' decision to utilize tactics of civil disobedience inadvertently pushed against the ambiguous legal restrictions surrounding secondary picketing in Canada.
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Unions: The Prime Minister is facing years of confrontation with the unions over rights to secondary picketing and pensions.
It's inconceivable any sane politician would give a second thought to the TUC conference demands for a return to secondary picketing.
Ever since secondary picketing was made illegal, a worker supporting another worker has more or less been branded a criminal.
Ultimately, these measures became unnecessary as the Thatcher administration abandoned the policies of the 1945-79 period and curbed trade union power by limiting secondary picketing, ending the closed shop, requiring ballots before any strikes, and reducing employees' rights.
No 10 was highlighting, in particular, fears that a proposed Charter of Fundamental Rights to be incorporated in the treaty could allow a return to secondary picketing and wildcat strikes.
4th) 385, 2002 SCC 8, decided after Human Rights in Private Law was published, where the common law rules on secondary picketing were amended in light of Charter values.
Surely such industrial action would constitute secondary picketing, and as such would be illegal.
In adding its claim of defamation to the request for a permanent injunction against the secondary picketing of their customers, Diashowa was aiming for a symbolic victory.
Each strike has the potential for nationwide disruption of rail service because secondary picketing is permitted for rail strikes.
Then the law was changed so that miners could no longer halt supplies to power stations through secondary picketing, and huge coal stocks were built up.