n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Guaranteeing the safety of non-striking employees during strikes : the fallacy of policing

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Violence and intimidation of non-striking employees are usually prominent features of any strike action in South Africa. This erodes the individual's freedom to choose whether to strike or not, also affecting the safety and security of the non-striking employee during strikes. This study analyses the phenomenon of violence and intimidation during strike actions and explores limitations of policing to provide adequate security. Attempts are made to understand whether violence during a strike is usually an irrational act perpetrated by opportunistic offenders, or is it rather an outcome of a rational act designed to influence the effectiveness of the strike action? This analysis is largely based on the experiences of a group of educators, nurses and security guards in South Africa during the 2006 and 2007 wage negotiation and strike period.

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