In Berlin, Overworked Hospital Staff Went on Strike for a Month — and Won
Medics launched a month long strike that forced hospital management to guarantee minimum staffing levels

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13 September 2021, Berlin: “More staff” and a listing of the striking hospital wards are written on posters by nurses in front of the Glass House at Charite Campus Virchow-Klinikum. The strike at Berlin’s Charite and Vivantes hospitals continues. The demonstrators at both facilities are striking for a relief collective agreement. Photo: Annette Riedl/dpa (Photo by Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The particular conversational technique that worked so well is part of Jane McAlevey’s tool kit for building mass-participation strikes, developed by drawing on the tactics of the radical Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) unions of 1930s America.

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