The owners of Restaurant Vejlegaarden in Vejle in Denmark have received support from an unlikely quarter as hackers from across the world have organised to attack the restaurant's opponents in a union conflict. Anonymous have issued a statement distancing themselves from the hack (see comments below).
3F, a Danish trade union confederation have been in conflict with the restaurant since the restaurant decided to cancel their agreement with 3F late last year. Instead the restaurant have made an agreement with Krifa (Christian Trade Union), a so called yellow union, that has lower membership dues, but refuses to take part in industrial action. This means that wages for workers organised in Krifa are lower than those for workers organised in 3F.
In response, 3F have mounted pickets outside the restaurant and stopped deliveries to the restaurant from the restaurant's normal suppliers. Support from other unions has meant that the restaurant will not receive any post while the conflict is ongoing and only rubbish can be collected from the restaurant.
The struggle has received large-scale coverage in the press and a series of rightwing politicians have made a point of eating at the restaurant to mark their support for the management.
However, it was 3F's recent threat to launch a sympathy strike in the printing house of a local newspaper which carries the restaurant's adverts which caused Anonymous to get involved.
A video posted on YouTube on 20th July by AnonDK declared war on 3F for attacking the restaurant's right to freedom of speech and declared the union's "carbon based class struggle" to be old fashioned and irrelevant.
Over the weekend, supporters of the action participated in Distributed Denial of Service attacks which caused the union's website and IT systems to be taken offline for several days. This has had serious consequences for 30,000 union members who needed to use the system to receive their unemployment insurance. Because of the attacks, these payments will be delayed by several days at least. The attacks have since spread to the websites of the national trade union confederation, LO, the Social Democratic party and their youth wing underscoring the political nature of the actions.