It’s not our mission to moralize to the working class. There are many ways for you to work with us if you’re hesitant about striking.
We recognize that everyone’s situation is different, and we have no shortage of sympathy for the perils of the poor and the middle class. A growing number of people are living paycheck to paycheck, and the power of organized labour is diminishing in many parts of the world. If you want to join us, but you’re worried that striking might not be within your means, here are some ideas:
Contacting local unions! Depending on how draconian your city’s labour laws are, you might be able to receive financial support through other means while on strike.
Organise your colleagues! While an employer can easily take action against an individual or small group of employees, it is usually much harder for them to take action against the entire workforce. Meet with your colleagues, discuss and make plans around what you can do in your situation, and work tactically to ensure the greatest possible impact with the least negative repercussions.
Work-to-rule! In many cases, those who can’t strike can still make a disruptive statement in their workplace by doing only the bare minimum required to follow their contract to the letter. This can cause slowdown, inefficiency, and bottlenecks in the workplace to a lesser but still significant extent. When you’re off the clock, you can refuse to check your email or do any extra tasks.
Recruitment! If all else fails, focus your efforts on helping our movement grow. Show up to our protests, and spread the word amongst your friends and family. If you recruit, say, five new workers to our cause who are able to strike, then that’s a net gain for us!