Nonviolent Action Method #112: Reporting Sick (“Sick-In”)

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Reporting Sick (“Sick-In”)

Where strikes are forbidden by or are not feasible for other reasons, workers can achieve the same goals, ranging from a reduction in production to the equivalent of a real strike, by agreeing to call in sick.

In early 2001, Omanis staged a series of nonviolent actions, advocating for both a new, more democratic government and specific economic reforms. During one of these actions, workers  at Oman Air staged a strike in which they refused to work—either by coming to the office but not working, or by calling in sick.

(Editor’s Note: This week, we are featuring five different methods of nonviolent protest as described in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action. If you want to read ESA’s entire catalogue of methods, you may do so here, or download the full list of 198 methods here.)

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