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I. strike strike 1 [straɪk] noun [countable] HUMAN RESOURCES
a period of time during which a group of workers deliberately stop working because of a disagreement about pay, working conditions etc (strike2):

• a one-day postal strike

• Female staff have gone on strike for equal pay.

• Staff held a two-hour strike.

• Lorry drivers have been on strike for three weeks.

word focus - strike
An industrial dispute /​labour dispute /​labor dispute is a disagreement between managers and workers of a company, sometimes resulting in a strike. If workers want to protest against their employer, they may take various forms of industrial action, such as going on strike or striking, a go slow (= when workers deliberately work as slowly as possible ) , or working to rule /​working to contract (= doing their job less quickly or effectively than normal, but without breaking the employer's rules or the terms of their contract ) . A walkout is an occasion when workers stop working and leave their office or factory as a protest. A lock-out is when people are prevented from entering their place of work until they have agreed to accept the conditions set down by their employer. During a strike, there is often a picket line (= group of workers ) who stand outside the factory or place where they work in order to protest about something and to ask other people not to go to work. In the UK, if workers in one factory or company strike to support the striking workers in a different factory or company, this is known as secondary action , which has been illegal since 1980.
ˌall-out ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike involving all the workers in a company or union
ˌgeneral ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike involving most of the workers in a country
ˌlightning ˈstrike
HUMAN RESOURCES a strike that is held without any warning
ofˌficial ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike organized and approved by the main union in an industry
ˌsit-down ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike in which workers come to their place of work but refuse to do any work or to leave
ˈsympathy ˌstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike intended to give support to another group of workers who are already on strike
ˈtoken ˌstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a short strike, usually lasting only a few hours, that is used as a warning that more serious action may follow if the workers' demands are not listened to
ˌunofficial ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike which has not been organized or approved by the main union
ˌwildcat ˈstrike HUMAN RESOURCES
a strike in which workers suddenly stop working in order to protest about something, but which has not been approved by the union
  [m0] II. strike strike 2 verb struck PTandPP [strʌk]
1. [intransitive] HUMAN RESOURCES to deliberately stop working for a time because of a disagreement about pay, working conditions etc:

• In many countries, police officers are forbidden to strike.

strike for

• Dock workers are striking for more pay.

2. strike a deal/​bargain COMMERCE to make an agreement with someone:

• The US and China have recently struck a deal over trade.

• He was trying to strike a deal with an American corporation to build a hotel in the mountains.

3. strike gold/​oil etc to suddenly find gold, oil etc, especially after you have been looking for it for some time
strike off phrasal verb
be struck off if a doctor, lawyer etc is struck off, their name is removed from the official list of people who are allowed to work as doctors, lawyers etc
strike out phrasal verb
strike out on your own to start doing something new, without other people's help:

• He left the family business and struck out on his own.

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strike UK US /straɪk/ noun [C] HR, WORKPLACE
a period of time when a group of workers refuse to work because they are not satisfied with their pay, working conditions, etc.: »

In a statement, the union said there were no plans for a strike.


a postal/rail workers'/miners' strike


a 24-hour/2-day, etc. strike

call for/call off/avoid a strike »

Managers sought to avoid a strike by cabin crew over sick leave rules.

a strike by sb »

Fresh moves to stop more strikes by council workers will be made this week.

a strike against sth »

20% of the workforce has joined a strike against the privatization plans announced yesterday.

a strike begins/ends/goes ahead »

The strike will begin at 6 a.m. Oct. 31 and end 24 hours later.

be on strike — Cf. be on strike
go (out) on strike — Cf. go out on strike
call/take/lead sb out on strike — Cf. take/lead sb out on strike
See also ALL-OUT STRIKE(Cf. ↑all-out strike), GENERAL STRIKE(Cf. ↑general strike), LIGHTNING STRIKE(Cf. ↑lightning strike), OFFICIAL STRIKE(Cf. ↑official strike), SIT-DOWN STRIKE(Cf. ↑sit-down strike), SYMPATHY STRIKE(Cf. ↑sympathy strike), TOKEN STRIKE(Cf. ↑token strike), UNOFFICIAL STRIKE(Cf. ↑unofficial strike), WILDCAT STRIKE(Cf. ↑wildcat strike)
strike UK US /straɪk/ verb (struck, struck)
[I] HR, WORKPLACE if a group of workers strike, they refuse to work because they are not satisfied with their pay, working conditions, etc.: »

Under current legislation, police and prison officers are not allowed to strike.

strike a deal/agreement (with sb/sth) — Cf. strike a deal/agreement with sb/sth
strike a balance (between sth and sth) — Cf. strike a balance between sth and sth
strike gold — Cf. strike gold
strike oil/gold — Cf. strike gold

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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