- a form or development of trade unionism, originating in France, that aims at the possession of the means of production and distribution, and ultimately at the control of society, by federated bodies of industrial workers, and that seeks to realize its purposes through general strikes, terrorism, sabotage, etc.
- an economic system in which workers own and manage industry.
Origin of syndicalism
Examples from the Web for syndicalism
In syndicalism in some form Russell sees the most promise for reform of government.The Psychology of Nations
That is why imaginative socialists have shown so great an interest in "syndicalism."
Some such impulse as that is what marks off syndicalism from the other revolts of labor.
In another connection I pointed to autonomy as the hope of syndicalism.
Socialism and Syndicalism have not robbed them of life's joys.Through Finland in Carts
Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
- a revolutionary movement and theory advocating the seizure of the means of production and distribution by syndicates of workers through direct action, esp a general strike
- an economic system resulting from such action
Word Origin and History for syndicalism
1907, from French syndicalisme "movement to transfer ownership of means of production and distribution to industrial workers," from syndical "of a labor union," from syndic "chief representative" (see syndic).