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wildcat strike

noun [C]
 
 
HR, WORKPLACE
a situation in which workers suddenly refuse to work because they do not agree with a decision made by their employer about pay, working conditions, etc. Wildcat strikes are not always supported by the trade unions: The wildcat strike by baggage-handlers caused a lot of disruption for air travellers. → Compare lightning strike
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