Definition of closed shop in English:

closed shop


  • 1A place of work where all employees must belong to an agreed trade union.

    Compare with union shop
    • ‘Undoubtedly the freedom of association provisions were drafted with the intent of attacking unions, to break down so-called closed shops.’
    • ‘He is said to have shredded the letters, and the sources claimed that the national team was now a closed shop where new people and ideas were not welcome.’
    • ‘How accountants would howl at this threat to their cosy closed shop, but even the most intransigent practice must see such an innovation would free their profitable management services from the taint of undue influence.’
    • ‘Some business sectors in Asia were once regarded by the West as a closed shop, but deregulation is now in full stride as corporate and political leaders strive to restructure and increase competitiveness.’
    • ‘The days of strikes without ballots, mass picketing, closed shops and secondary action are over.’
    • ‘Even after the anti-union laws, which outlawed closed shops, Steve continued to apply this.’
    • ‘This is not setting up the American system of closed shops at all, as he said last night.’
    • ‘Promising to reform the law profession, he said there should be no closed shops, no restrictive practices and no artificial barriers in access to or delivery of legal services.’
    • ‘Outside of the skilled trades, unions had difficulty monopolizing the labor supply, and strikes were often a necessary tactic in gaining union recognition or a closed shop.’
    • ‘They are operating like a closed shop and yet you cannot operate without them.’
    • ‘It does not return compulsory unionism, awards, arbitration or closed shops.’
    • ‘As he pointed out, the media tends to be a closed shop, lacking ethnic and ideological diversity.’
    • ‘The Publish-Or-Perish syndrome has always been a fact of life for academics, and in earlier times was the subject of much amusement both within and without the fairly closed shop of the scientific world.’
    • ‘The Pharmaceutical Society last night rejected a claim that it is operating a closed shop by stopping a new pharmacy degree course for 50 students going ahead.’
    • ‘In any sport the teams at the bottom stagnate if you have a closed shop.’
    • ‘On Saturday it will become the longest strike, surpassing the 29-day strike in 1953 that established a closed shop.’
    1. 1.1in singular The system in operation in a place of work that is a closed shop.
      ‘the outlawing of the closed shop’
      • ‘The interested amateur is likely to be repelled and hurt by this attitude of closed-shop trade-unionism.’
      • ‘By its very nature, however, and by the internal closed-shop culture it inhabits, news media tends to only give space to a limited number of opinions.’
      • ‘When the arbitration board handed down its award, the longshoremen were granted hiring halls jointly controlled by the ship owners and the union, but with a union dispatcher that in practice assured the closed shop.’
      • ‘There are no restrictions to practice in this market, there is no closed shop and there are no cosy arrangements whereby there are limited panel numbers.’
      • ‘He alienated his workforce, and when they unionised and campaigned for the closed shop, he destroyed the union during a 13-week strike and lockout.’
      • ‘We have made the first crucial changes in trade union law to remove the worst abuses of the closed shop, to restrict picketing to the place of work of the parties in dispute, and to encourage secret ballots.’
      • ‘Bosses could be forced to sack anyone who did not toe the union line because of the closed shop system.’
      • ‘To those on the right who argue that that is a return to compulsory unionism or a replica of the closed shop system in America, I say that that is total nonsense.’
      • ‘While the trade unions still control access to employment in the sector through a closed-shop policy, they are in no position to present any serious challenge.’
      • ‘I look forward to the Government applying the same attitude to student unions, law societies, and all other closed-shop unions and professions where it is compulsory to join.’
      • ‘By contrast, union members - especially in closed-shop industries - cannot simply renounce their union memberships, unless they're also willing to quit their jobs.’
      • ‘The closed shop was outlawed in local and public employment, and public employees were restricted in the unions they could join.’
      • ‘The way in which these people are selected and appointed is almost a closed shop and I can't see that changing.’
    2. 1.2 An area of activity that is restricted to a particular small group.
      ‘it's a very closed shop, the pharmaceutical world’
      • ‘However, he hastens to address any misconception of the company being a "closed shop."’
      • ‘For the outsider, it can seem like a bit of a closed shop.’
      • ‘A closed shop for surgery does patients no favours.’
      • ‘At the moment, it's a closed shop - new academics are appointed by existing academics.’
      • ‘The club's management is a closed shop.’
      • ‘Despite all its talk of diversity, big media in American tends to be something of a closed shop.’
      • ‘The Premiership's top three is something of a closed shop.’
      • ‘Online gaming, at least with shooters, is pretty much a closed shop.’
      • ‘This form of empowerment could be encouraged elsewhere but to them the Fairtrade Foundation is a closed shop with them firmly on the outside.’
      • ‘A dressing room following a game is a closed shop, unwelcoming to outsiders.’
      • ‘However, the selectors and captains have not done enough to reassure young bowlers that the Australian side is not a closed shop.’
      • ‘It makes for too much of a closed shop.’
      • ‘We put forward the perspective of a closed shop at these meetings.’
      • ‘There are feminist conspiracy theories positing that rock is some sort of phallocratic closed shop, from which the fairer sex is rigorously excluded.’
      • ‘The boatmen deny the charge that they preside over a closed shop, which the new licence will finally open up.’
      • ‘The brains trust surrounding the leader is a closed shop, trickier to join than the Bullingdon.’
      • ‘In the case of the Bahamas, the government is a closed shop.’
      • ‘Put more generally, the reciprocal obligations of aristocratic gift exchange neutralized the monopolistic imperatives of the closed shop.’
      • ‘In a sport utterly dominated by a handful of nations, it's pretty much a closed shop.’
      • ‘It's part of the closed shop of the big parties.’


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