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picket

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈpɪkɪt/ HR, WORKPLACE
(also picket line) a group of people who stand outside an organization's building holding signs to protest against something. The people who protest are often employees who disagree with the management: The rail union is planning a 150-person picket of the terminal for two days next week. The new government was determined to avoid a return to the old days of industrial action and mass picket lines. Most union members were reluctant to cross the picket line.stand on/walk the picket line We spent two weeks walking the picket line, trying to get better benefits. Workers staged a picket outside the factory gates. Workers picked up their picket signs and began their protest. → Compare strike noun
UK a single person in a picket line: Police escorts were provided for tanker drivers who had experienced intimidation by pickets. → Compare picketer
→ See also flying picket
(Definition of picket noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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