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1The exclusion of employees by their employer from their place of work until certain terms are agreed to.
- ‘Workers believe the lockout is part of management plans to shift the entire operation to Vietnam, where labour costs are lower.’
- ‘A strike by Norwegian offshore oil rig workers entered its second month this week, with employers threatening a 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.’
- ‘The management imposed the lockout after the workers began industrial action over a new work contract.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Management offered to lift the lockout if employees accept a proposal allowing the company to cut jobs and working conditions.’
- ‘A whole spate of lockouts followed, as employers dug in their heels and either dragged out negotiations or terminated them.’
- ‘Employers have carried out a series of previous lockouts, mainly barring construction workers entering work sites for weekend overtime.’
- ‘Management claimed the lockout was a temporary measure and that the plant would be reopened on May 9.’
- ‘Union leaders said they expected the lockout and blamed the employers for inflaming already tense negotiations.’
- ‘Between 1998 and 2001, lockouts accounted for 57 percent of all industrial disputes.’
- ‘Management will also be free on that date to impose new contract terms or institute a lockout.’
- ‘The PSA promised to suspend industrial action if employers discontinued the lockout.’
- ‘Alberta's Public Service Employee Relations Act prohibits strikes and lockouts of workers in public services, including nurses.’
- ‘The lockout was in retaliation against industrial bans imposed by employees for a 15 percent pay increase over three years.’
- ‘The company responded with a lockout and threats it would relocate production to Thailand.’
- ‘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 company claims the wage rise is totally unacceptable and has refused to lift the lockout until the union ends all industrial action.’
2A device used to ensure that machines remain inoperable while repairs or adjustments are made.
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