Definition of general strike in English:

general strike


  • 1A strike of workers in all or most industries.

    • ‘But the strike due to start this week was much bigger, a real general strike - including oil workers.’
    • ‘They believed that the power of workers mobilised in a general strike could overthrow capitalism.’
    • ‘On the second day of his arrival in Kashmir there was a general strike in protest against his visit.’
    • ‘For example, in France in 1968 the student movement fed into a general strike of ten million workers.’
    • ‘As a result, a new wave of roadblocks reached massive proportions, this time accompanied by two national general strikes organised by the trade unions.’
    • ‘This was achieved by 18 months of demonstrations and strikes, and a general strike led by the oil workers.’
    • ‘Opposition parties staged an increasing number of nationwide general strikes, rising from 6 days of general strikes in 1997 to 27 days in 1999.’
    • ‘Trade union leaders in Norway have called off a general strike directed against growing inequality.’
    • ‘The general strike was the biggest industrial action in over a decade.’
    • ‘The protests followed a general strike organised by the General Labour Confederation against rising fuel prices.’
    • ‘The stoppage was the second major general strike to be held recently to protest the changes.’
    • ‘The key question is whether it will manage to organise mass protests and a general strike.’
    • ‘Between 1949 and 1955, there were worker protests in all the territories of East Africa with general strikes, peasant uprisings, and other forms of protest.’
    • ‘Across Europe, South America and parts of Africa and Asia, workers launched general strikes to protest against privatisation, low pay, attacks on their rights and the overwhelming sense that the system does not deliver what it promises.’
    • ‘Strikes and flying pickets, mostly entirely unofficial, led to general strikes, defied the law, got dockers out of jail, put out the lights and brought down governments.’
    • ‘Across most of Europe trade unions have organised mass strikes and general strikes to stop the sort of assaults that are happening now in Britain.’
    • ‘Over 300,000 workers in Bombay held a general strike in solidarity with the sailors.’
    • ‘In recent years there have not only been successive one-day general strikes, but strikes and occupations against redundancies and factory closures.’
    • ‘A general strike of workers saw militant pickets defy the law and shut down major industrial and transport centres.’
    • ‘Trade unions declared a general strike against a call-up to fight a colonial war in Morocco.’
    1. 1.1 The strike of May 1926 in the UK, called by the Trades Union Congress in support of the mineworkers.


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