07/03/17 Strikes and other Union Activity (Part 2)

Strikes and other Union Activity (Part 2)

These days we will be analyzing terminology related to strikes and other union activity.

Lockout

A situation in which a company refuses to allow workers to come to work until they accept the working conditions that the company is offering them.

Picket

A group of people who are protesting about something outside a building, especially a group of workers who are on strike and are encouraging other workers not to work.

Picket

To take part in a protest outside a building, especially as part of a strike. Protests like this are called picketing.

Picket line

A picket. Workers who cross a picket line continue to work while other workers are on strike.

Restrictive practices

Noun

Unfair limits that workers or employers put on the rights of others in order to protect their own interests.

Scab

Noun

Offensive an insulting word for someone who continues to work when the people who they work with are on strike (=not working as a protest.)

Sit-down

Adjective

A sit-down strike, protest etc is a protest in which people sit down in order to stop a business from operating until their demands are listened to.

Slowdown

Noun

American a go-slow.

Stoppage

Noun

A time when people stop working as a protest.

Strike

Verb
To refuse to work for a period of time as a protest about your pay or conditions of work.

Strike

Noun

A period of time during which people refuse to work, as a protest about pay or conditions of work.

Strikebreaker

Noun

A worker who refuses to take part in a strike, or a worker who does the job of someone who is taking part in a strike.

Strike pay

Noun

Money paid to workers by their union during a strike.

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