Thursday, 3 May 2018

transit authority

Though this fare strike on routes in Okayama is not the first example of a social picketing without disruption to services, it was certainly a new and novel concept to us.
Bus drivers threw blankets over the ticket machines and refused to accept payments from riders in order to protest their wage situation and rate hikes that leave drivers worried that they might be undercut by competing lines. The first mention of this sort of demonstration dates back to 1944 when streetcar workers in Cleveland, Ohio stopped collecting fares to leverage better wages and working conditions. Generally such strikes have positive outcomes since passengers are not inconvenienced but quite the opposite and the gesture fosters a sense of solidarity. What do you think? I wonder what sort of analogues there are for this type of protest in other sectors.