sympathy strike


noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for sympathy strike

sympathy strike

noun

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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