One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The exclusion of employees by their employer from their place of work until certain terms are agreed to.
- ‘A strike by Norwegian offshore oil rig workers entered its second month this week, with employers threatening a lockout.’
- ‘Between 1998 and 2001, lockouts accounted for 57 percent of all industrial disputes.’
- ‘Union leaders said they expected the lockout and blamed the employers for inflaming already tense negotiations.’
- ‘Consequently, industrial action involving lockouts would entail enormous social and political upheaval.’
- ‘Employers have carried out a series of previous lockouts, mainly barring construction workers entering work sites for weekend overtime.’
- ‘Between 1984 and 86, there was a total of 962 disputes, including strikes, stoppages or lockouts under the Labour government.’
- ‘A whole spate of lockouts followed, as employers dug in their heels and either dragged out negotiations or terminated them.’
- ‘The lockout was in retaliation against industrial bans imposed by employees for a 15 percent pay increase over three years.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Alberta's Public Service Employee Relations Act prohibits strikes and lockouts of workers in public services, including nurses.’
- ‘The company claims the wage rise is totally unacceptable and has refused to lift the lockout until the union ends all industrial action.’
- ‘An attempt to introduce individual work contracts was rejected and management implemented a lockout.’
- ‘The strikers returned to work on November 8 after three days on the picket line when managers threatened a lockout.’
- ‘The management imposed the lockout after the workers began industrial action over a new work contract.’
- ‘Management claimed the lockout was a temporary measure and that the plant would be reopened on May 9.’
- ‘The PSA promised to suspend industrial action if employers discontinued the lockout.’
- ‘Management offered to lift the lockout if employees accept a proposal allowing the company to cut jobs and working conditions.’
- ‘Management will also be free on that date to impose new contract terms or institute a lockout.’
2A device used to ensure that machines remain inoperable while repairs or adjustments are made.
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