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Picketing is a form of protest where a group of people stand outside a building. It is most commonly employed during strikes where workers protest against working conditions and/or their employers.

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Problems and Purpose

Picketing is a tactic used by workers during a strike (suspension of work) in protest against an aspect of working conditions. It involves a group of two or more workers standing outside entrances to the place of work, most frequently with the aim of highlighting the issue to passers-by and fellow workers, and to persuade or peacefully attempt to stop others from entering the workplace. The overall aim of this tactic is to suspend labour, placing pressure on employers to adjust their behaviour accordingly.

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also



External Links 

Peaceful Picketing and Freedom of Speech 

An Analysis and Re-Evaluation of Picketing in Labor Relations  


Lead Image: United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers Picketers