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sympathy strike

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  1. a strike by a body of workers, not because of grievances against their own employer, but by way of endorsing and aiding another group of workers who are on strike or have been locked out.

Origin of sympathy strike

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called sympathetic strike.
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British Dictionary definitions for sympathy strike

sympathy strike

  1. a strike organized in support of another section of workers or a cause and not because of direct grievancesAlso called: sympathetic strike
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