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stoppage

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈstɒpɪdʒ/ HR, WORKPLACE
an occasion when employees stop working because of a disagreement with management about pay, holidays, etc.: a one-day/24-hour, etc. stoppage The tube drivers' two-day stoppage did not cause the travel chaos that was feared.call/organize/stage a stoppage The Communication Workers Union called a one-day stoppage following the breakdown of talks over pay. The company's performance was affected by work stoppages at several North American manufacturers. begin/join a stoppage production stoppages
stoppages [plural] HR, WORKPLACE, FINANCE an amount that an employer takes from the money you earn before you receive it to pay for tax, health insurance, etc.: The Profit Share Scheme allows you to buy shares in your firm out of your pay packet before stoppages.
(Definition of stoppage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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