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blackleg

a worker who reports for work normally whilst the majority of his or her colleagues are on STRIKE.
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No beer, though, in Abercynon where, the Echo reported, barmaids refused to serve blacklegs.
They stood between the people and the blacklegs, who walked down the middle of the street escorted by more policemen.
The fiction argues that until there is national class unity strike action will be threatened by strike breakers (the blacklegs of the title), as the procession of Shanty-town strikers collides with a train-load of blacklegs bound for the docks.
She said: "Tilly lives here with my two male tortoises Toby and Blacklegs and they all get on very well.
BBC chiefs should call their bluff and bring in blacklegs.
Also they were going to use blacklegs and his best friend is badly beaten up on the picket line and he thinks it just isn't right.
Take one example: "Since strikes spilled into the neighborhood, where mill owners recruited blacklegs and strikes mobilized pickets, money lenders extended or withdrew their credit and landlords demanded or waived their rents, the momentum of industrial action continuously forged and reconstituted the political traditions of Girangoan [mill district]" (173).