Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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It was also regarded as countering the Australian Council of Trade Union's Your Rights @ Work which had been running since January 2005 (Muir, 2008) and as a consequence of being a counter-action, the employer association campaign relied on stereotypes of trade union officials as 'standover merchants' and 'bully boys' that were not successful as satirical images.
Tension is expertly sustained throughout, reaching palpable levels whenever the volatile leaders of the rival militia (Chris Chalk, Kevin Mambo) are oustage, using their standover tactics to spread fear like a virus among the women.
'The Howard government and its political standover men like Tony Abbott will not bully nurses out of fighting for their rights at work,' she said.
In an editorial McDermott announced that while having 'no sympathy whatsoever' with the aims of the Australian Nazis, he found the 'standover tactics' of Jewish groups offensive and defended 'the freedom to openly express opinions on even the most sacrosanct of subjects'.
These features in particular were believed to reduce the likelihood of intimidation or "standover tactics" from other clients.