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strike

noun [C]     /straɪk/ HR, WORKPLACE
a period of time when a group of workers refuse to work because they are not satisfied with their pay , working conditions , etc.: In a statement , the union said there were no plans for a strike. a postal / rail workers '/ miners ' strike a 24-hour /2-day, etc. strikecall for/call off/avoid a strike Managers sought to avoid a strike by cabin crew over sick leave rules .a strike by sb Fresh moves to stop more strikes by council workers will be made this week .a strike against sth 20% of the workforce has joined a strike against the privatization plans announced yesterday .a strike begins/ends/goes ahead The strike will begin at 6 a.m. Oct . 31 and end 24 hours later .
be on strike if a group of workers are on strike, they refuse to work because they are not satisfied with their pay , working conditions , etc.: Refuse collectors are on strike and rubbish is now piling up across the region .
go (out) on strike (also come/walk out on strike) if a group of workers go on strike, they stop working because they are not satisfied with their pay , working conditions , etc.: Around 160 staff are due to go on strike next week in a row over pay .
call/take/lead sb out on strike if a trade union or official organization calls , takes , or leads a group of workers out on strike, it announces that they are stopping working because they are not satisfied with their pay , working conditions , etc.: The Police Federation has refused to take its members out on strike.
→ See also all-out strike, general strike, lightning strike, official strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, token strike, unofficial strike, wildcat strike
(Definition of strike noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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