One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dispute between trade unions about who should do a particular job.
- ‘There is a demarcation dispute in process, your Honour, which may need to be resolved.’
- ‘Departments do not co-operate and demarcation disputes are common.’
- ‘Resistance to mechanization and technical change, new work methods and payments systems, and demarcation disputes were the main reasons for this form of industrial action.’
- ‘More industrial unions were created at the expense of traditional craft unions, but demarcation disputes and unofficial strikes were frequent.’
- ‘The demarcation dispute involving 55 workers was ended when the company and the union signed a 12-month agreement.’
- ‘This has a particular resonance for medicine, the profession that historically has policed these demarcation disputes most effectively to its own advantage.’
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