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A very important form of struggle used by all categories of subaltern workers is the strike. Workers' unions cannot exist without the strike weapon, but the converse is not true, as shown by the examples of the uitgang and the marronage-strike". Strikes and unions both serve to establish power at heteronomous workplaces where the parties in control are not the workers. Production processes occur on these sites: laborers use means of labor to generate labor products. Employees do not always leave the work-floor during a strike. There are at least three kinds of strikes where they stay put. The first kind is temporary slow-down action. A second variant is the sit-down or stay-in, and the work-in is the third form. Strikes may have the corresponding benefit of enhancing group cohesion among the workers toward their common opponent, the employer or employers, or the state authorities.

Keywords: employers; laborers; strikes; subaltern workers; workplaces



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