flying pickets

flying pickets
   The term ‘flying pickets’ was first used in 1980 to describe the striking nurses who went to different hospitals to persuade other medical workers to join them. Similar pickets had been used by radical trade unions from the late 1960s as transport and communication links improved. The aim was to put pressure on companies and union members not directly involved in disputes to support strikers or to prevent ‘blackleg’ labour. The tactic was most successful in the 1972 miners strike, when mass secondary picketing on selected targets severely curtailed coal production and distribution. However, in 1980 the Conservative government implemented an Employment Act which restricted legal picketing to one’s own place of work. The NUM still attempted to use flying pickets in the 1984–5 miners strike, but were deterred by police roadblocks.

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