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sympathy strike

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.
Also called sympathetic strike.
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First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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sympathy strike

a strike organized in support of another section of workers or a cause and not because of direct grievances Also called sympathetic strike
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