Does this count as scabbing?

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by emanymton, Jan 12, 2018.


Am I am scab

  1. No

    9 vote(s)
  2. Yes

    0 vote(s)
  3. You are a class traitor and will be first against the wall.

    11 vote(s)
  1. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    So there is a train strike on, but a reduced service is running, I have a a season ticket so I have already paid. Is it scabbing to use the trains?

    Since I am am not paying for a ticket I don't see what difference it makes, but it just feels off. So what is the urban view am I am scab?

    I'm already sat on the train by the way.
  2. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    If you didn't have to cross a picket line to get on the train you're not a scab.
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  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Scabbing refers to workers. How can a service user break a strike? If you are in dire need of food because your dole hasn’t been paid and you try and do something about this while the jobcentre is on strike, are you a scab?

    Don’t be silly.

    Also, your poll question is unintelligible.
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  4. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    No, not a scab but if you feel inclined to support the action by contacting your MP, local papers and train user groups that would help.
  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Seagulls are cunts

    Go to a supermarket and use a till manned by a person to right any wrongs :thumbs:

    You're not a scab btw
  6. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I am an Iams scab
  7. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    Don't know if it's scabbing but during Tube strikes I don't want to be one of the statistics that managers might quote to demonstrate how well the service ran in spite of the strike.
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  8. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    That's sort of my feeling. But since I didn't buy ticket I'm not sure if I get counted.
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  9. coley

    coley Well-Known Member

    Naw, don't be daft it's like saying people who kept warm and used electric in 84, were 'scabs''
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  10. starfish

    starfish No dialogue. Just plot.

    No. Its not about not using trains its about using trains safely.
  11. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Well I'm not being exactly 100% serious with the thread. But one way to support workers on strike is to avoid using the company they work for when they are on strike. The electric example is a bit different as you don't have a choice. I could have a got a bus instead, it would have taken at least half an hour longer, probably more, but I had the choice.
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  12. crossthebreeze

    crossthebreeze Well-Known Member

    If there's a picket line or an organised boycott then yes. On your own then its not scabbing, and the other supportive stuff probably has more effect (with less impact on yourself).

    On the other hand, organised reverse boycotts are also a tactic that can be combined with strikes or other industrial action - to demonstrate that the service or workers are needed, or to cause shortages or overwhelm a system.
  13. pengaleng

    pengaleng Lil' J Pengele PhD. The Angel of Sesh

    if you have to ask it probably is.
  14. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Am I am trolling more like :thumbs:
  15. emanymton

    emanymton A cat politely sat on the flaming gardener.

    Only a little bit. Some people take this stuff very seriously. And I was curious what views I would get on here.

    Personally as crossthebreeze said unless there is a picket line or organised boycott then I don't care too much. But I know some people who absolutely will not use the trains when a strike is on and take a dim view of anyone doing so. I don't own up. :D
  16. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    During a travel strike there may be people such as paediatric nurses and cancer surgeons who really need to get to work. I prefer to stay off the already-overcrowded trains and buses on such occasions so as not to make their journeys even more challenging.
    tim likes this.
  17. redcogs

    redcogs in the gutter beholding the stars

    i'm confident you aint a scab - scabs being loathsome types, which you are not. But its true that difficulties may occasionally be encountered in real world industrial conflicts. i remember one time taking my kids to our local authority nursery and meeting with a picket line. The nursery manager (a female Unison member who opposed the strike) was engaged in an argument with the Unison picket leaders as i arrived. She wanted to take/escort nursery attendees inside and give them their daily routine as usual. So the issue was, in part, about whether kids should cross the picket line to get their days nurserying entitlement!

    i wasnt conflicted for long, and turned around and took the kids home, after consulting the union official..

    Set piece strikes can often be very messy i feel. But still always worth supporting.
    emanymton likes this.

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