1 a period of time during which people refuse to work, as a protest about pay or conditions of work
strike by: A strike by transport workers was launched on August 12th.
strike over: a 15-day strike over pay and poor safety conditions
be (out) on strike: Workers have been out on strike since Friday.
call a strike (=ask people to start it): The two main unions had called the strike.
a miners’/teachers’ strike: schools closed by a teachers’ strike
a train/tube/dock strike: A dock strike has crippled the port.
strike in protest at: The strikes are in protest at the planned introduction of performance-related pay.
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