Up to 5,500 immigration officials will strike next Thursday in a dispute about job cuts and pay, disrupting nearly 130,000 passengers as they arrive the day before the Olympic opening ceremony.
Yes, of course people have the right to withdraw their labour. They have both the legal and moral right to strike.
We also have the moral (and legal, there is no law against this) right to react to such blackmail as we see fit.
For it is obviously blackmail. The day of the strike has not been chosen at random, it is clearly and obviously an attempt to capitalise upon the Olympics.
My suggestion would be slightly difficult to organise as there’s no obvious identifying mark of who is a border patrol officer who is striking in this blackmail attempt. But if it were possible to identify them I would argue that we should simply withdraw our labour from them.
No pints in a pub, no sarnies from a cafe, no workmen coming around to fix the house. No petrol from the garage, a refusal to allow them on public transport. Quite simply, they do indeed have the right to withdraw their labour from the market over our treatment of them. I stand by their right to do that as well. All I am suggesting is that we also have the right to withdraw our labour from them over their treatment of us.
They blackmail us, we blacklist them.