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A Coordinated Refusal to Work Is Usually Called a "Strike," Even on Mount Everest

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Monday, 21 April 2014 05:05

I'm just trying to help out National Public Radio. In their top of the hour news segment on Morning Edition (no link) they referred to the possibility that the Sherpas who place the ropes and assist climbers may collectively decide not to work to demand more compensation for the families of the Sherpas who died last week in an avalanche. The NYT correctly described this action as a possible strike, but NPR called it a "boycott."

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Boycott Risks
written by Last Mover, April 21, 2014 7:04

As any economist knows, it's actually a boycott by the buyers in this case rather than a strike by the sellers.

Specifically the affluently bored who can afford treks up Everest to tweak their otherwise dull lives scurried away to safety as the real risks they paid to face as a harmless thrill suddenly appeared.
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written by Alex Bollinger, April 21, 2014 8:16
Haha, freudian slip. Why would anyone refuse to work when "work" means calling up interesting people from a cozy office in DC? Wait, what, some people's work is different from the average NPR journalist's? Well, then why don't these sherpas all set up radio stations and collect donations from wealthy benefactors?
Strike ? Boycott ?
written by Gerry Flaychy, April 21, 2014 12:15
Sherpas are providers of a service, like barbers. A barber is not our employee. So we can also talk of lock-out.
Unity? What Unity?
written by Larry Signor, April 22, 2014 11:30
The interests of labor have been hampered by corporatist America, but if labor is to regain its rightful place, we need to recognize and support our allies.

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