Definition of general strike in English:

general strike


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

    • ‘This was achieved by 18 months of demonstrations and strikes, and a general strike led by the oil workers.’
    • ‘Over 300,000 workers in Bombay held a general strike in solidarity with the sailors.’
    • ‘Opposition parties staged an increasing number of nationwide general strikes, rising from 6 days of general strikes in 1997 to 27 days in 1999.’
    • ‘The stoppage was the second major general strike to be held recently to protest the changes.’
    • ‘On the second day of his arrival in Kashmir there was a general strike in protest against his visit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The general strike was the biggest industrial action in over a decade.’
    • ‘In recent years there have not only been successive one-day general strikes, but strikes and occupations against redundancies and factory closures.’
    • ‘For example, in France in 1968 the student movement fed into a general strike of ten million workers.’
    • ‘They believed that the power of workers mobilised in a general strike could overthrow capitalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A general strike of workers saw militant pickets defy the law and shut down major industrial and transport centres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trade unions declared a general strike against a call-up to fight a colonial war in Morocco.’
    • ‘The protests followed a general strike organised by the General Labour Confederation against rising fuel prices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, a new wave of roadblocks reached massive proportions, this time accompanied by two national general strikes organised by the trade unions.’
    • ‘Trade union leaders in Norway have called off a general strike directed against growing inequality.’
    • ‘But the strike due to start this week was much bigger, a real general strike - including oil workers.’
    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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