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labour

noun [U] UK (US labor)     /ˈleɪbər/
practical work, especially involving physical effort: The cost will depend on the amount of labour involved. They gave us an estimated price including parts and labour. The shorts sell for $45, but the hard labor of the women who made them cost just 50 cents. Most jobs these days aren't exhausting manual labour.
HR workers in a company or a country, especially people who do practical work with their hands: skilled/unskilled labour Foreign workers were brought in to fill a temporary shortfall in skilled labor. We use casual labour during busy periods. cheap/local/temporary labour More companies are building plants abroad to take advantage of cheaper labor costs. labour disputes/shortages/standards
withdraw your labour UK HR to stop working as a way of complaining about or trying to change something, such as pay or working conditions: The pilots have chosen to withdraw their labour at a crucial time in the airline's history.
→ See also agency labour, casual adjective, child labour, direct labour, division of labour, forced labour, indirect labour, organized labour, sweated labour
(Definition of labour noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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