Definition of lockout in English:



  • The exclusion of employees by their employer from their place of work until certain terms are agreed to.

    ‘the union took strike action and management responded with a lockout’
    • ‘Union leaders said they expected the lockout and blamed the employers for inflaming already tense negotiations.’
    • ‘The strikers returned to work on November 8 after three days on the picket line when managers threatened a lockout.’
    • ‘The company claims the wage rise is totally unacceptable and has refused to lift the lockout until the union ends all industrial action.’
    • ‘Management will also be free on that date to impose new contract terms or institute a lockout.’
    • ‘Management offered to lift the lockout if employees accept a proposal allowing the company to cut jobs and working conditions.’
    • ‘The company responded with a lockout and threats it would relocate production to Thailand.’
    • ‘Workers believe the lockout is part of management plans to shift the entire operation to Vietnam, where labour costs are lower.’
    • ‘The management imposed the lockout after the workers began industrial action over a new work contract.’
    • ‘The PSA promised to suspend industrial action if employers discontinued the lockout.’
    • ‘One measure of this offensive is the ratio of person workdays lost to lockouts - that is work stoppages initiated by employers - as compared with strikes.’
    • ‘Employers have carried out a series of previous lockouts, mainly barring construction workers entering work sites for weekend overtime.’
    • ‘A strike by Norwegian offshore oil rig workers entered its second month this week, with employers threatening a lockout.’
    • ‘Alberta's Public Service Employee Relations Act prohibits strikes and lockouts of workers in public services, including nurses.’
    • ‘A whole spate of lockouts followed, as employers dug in their heels and either dragged out negotiations or terminated them.’
    • ‘Between 1998 and 2001, lockouts accounted for 57 percent of all industrial disputes.’
    • ‘An attempt to introduce individual work contracts was rejected and management implemented a lockout.’
    • ‘Management claimed the lockout was a temporary measure and that the plant would be reopened on May 9.’
    • ‘The lockout was in retaliation against industrial bans imposed by employees for a 15 percent pay increase over three years.’
    • ‘Consequently, industrial action involving lockouts would entail enormous social and political upheaval.’
    • ‘Between 1984 and 86, there was a total of 962 disputes, including strikes, stoppages or lockouts under the Labour government.’