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