General Strike 101

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What is an open-ended general strike ?

A student strike is a voluntary and collective cessation of activities in order to assert claims that would not be addressed otherwise. The word “open-ended” points to a confrontational stance with the government. It does not mean that the strike is limitless, but that its length is undetermined in advance. This means that the strike goes on until demands are met or until students decide to stop the strike; generally students meet every to decide wherever they continue to strike or not. As for the word “general,” it means that the strike involves a large movement that includes a significant number of student unions in Quebec, giving it strength and credibility.

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