Story: Public protest

Watersiders' picket

Watersiders' picket

Waterside workers picket the entrance to Auckland’s container terminal in October 2007. They were on a 48-hour strike over pay negotiations. Within union culture, crossing a picket line is viewed as a disloyal act. Those who do it often face the scorn of their fellow workers, and are dubbed 'scabs'. This can make picketing an effective form of industrial protest.

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Ben Schrader, 'Public protest - Pickets, blockades and boycotts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Jul 2015