This was a week of strikes. Throughout Southern California, one of the largest walk-outs by Walmart employees was held yesterday in protest of working conditions. The non-unionized organizers chose to use that tactic, rather than the archetypal, picket-line strike of indefinite length, because it carries much lower risk of participants being terminated. In Israel, the Haaretz newspaper’s staff responded to management announcements of downsizing 100 employees with a general strike yesterday, which might continue today and for following days if negotiations don’t occur. Meanwhile, unemployed and underemployed youth, some of whom were homeless, began some light rioting as well yesterday, creating a bonfire of tires in Hammam-Lif, Tunisia, before being driven off public roads by (not very graphic, but some police violence) police using tear gas.
Everyone’s on strike