Mohammad Ismam Huda

17Joined Jun 2022

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Good points.

Small-scale targeted labour disputes tend to not have that much broad support. The 2021 John Deere strike for example did not have that broad societal support. There may have been some support from the wider labour movement, but also opposition from the local court system,  and business groups/ chamber of commers etc.

But it is hard to think of this happening at a larger scale, without broad support. I can't think of any examples.

There are examples I can think where economic disruption has helped for minority rights, although some of these would for sure have had some level of popular societal support.
- In Bolivia, rural indigenous groups caused roadblocks bringing the economy to a standstill, and successfully were able to resume delayed elections.
- Recent Chile constitutional changes include gender parity and indigenous issues, was the product of very disruptive protetsts
- Longshoremen refusing to move cargo from South African ships during Apartheid.
- The ILWU many activities, including desegregating work gangs. Also oppposed Japanese American internment and were involved in the civil rights movement but I don't know if there particular efforts were effective.
- The Tailoress strikes which led to pay equality for women

Those are the sorts of examples on my mind.

Sources:
https://inthesetimes.com/article/dockworkers-ilwu-racism-workers-apartheid-black-freedom-movement-bay-area
https://www.actu.org.au/about-the-actu/history-of-australian-unions
 

Many successful protests have had some element of striking/boycott/business or economic disruption.

Is it possible to examine whether this specifically improves the effectiveness of protests? This would be my working hypothesis.