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English definition of “open shop”

open shop

noun [C]     HR, WORKPLACE
a company , factory , etc. at which employees do not have to join a union : In an open shop , union members pay dues , and those who choose not to join pay nothing.
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(Definition of open shop noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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