Collective organising of working people in unions has always been important in achieving economic development that benefits poor as well as rich people. Workers can use strikes to put pressure on employers and obtain better pay.
In a recent wave of teachers’ strikes across the USA, for example, teachers resisted cuts to public education, obtained pay rises, and emboldened other workers in the country. Sarah Giddings, a seventh-grade teacher in Mesa, Arizona, wrote on the Rethinking Schools blog: ‘The West Virginia teachers’ strike opened our eyes to an empowering alternative reality of what is possible if we collectively organize and come together in solidarity.’
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