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A boundary established by workers on strike, especially at the entrance to the place of work, which others are asked not to cross.
demonstration, blockade, boycottView synonyms
- ‘Only four nurses have reportedly crossed the picket line in response to this threat.’
- ‘Strikers held up banners as they tried to persuade office staff, delivery workers and postmen not to cross the picket line.’
- ‘Now we want to see them joining the picket line with the lower-paid workers who have helped make them rich and famous.’
- ‘Vehicles were stoned and one driver was pulled out of his truck when crossing the picket line.’
- ‘Striking firemen left their picket line to save a drowning horse.’
- ‘He didn't even visit a picket line until the strike was all but over.’
- ‘The decision to withdraw your labour, or cross a picket line, is a major one.’
- ‘Most of the nonunion workers are crossing the picket line, but some have joined the strike.’
- ‘Three people who we had met when we went to their picket line during their last strike recognised us and came over to chat.’
- ‘The union gave in to these threats and the drivers were given little alternative but to cross the picket line.’
- ‘The majority of students expressed support for the lecturers' action and refused to cross the picket line.’
- ‘The picket line of eleven workers has now been outside the plant for fourteen weeks.’
- ‘The workers have established a picket line at the mine site and prevented vehicles entering and leaving.’
- ‘Tensions heightened yesterday when the first three of the new staff attempted to cross the picket line.’
- ‘Workers joined the picket line to prevent the bus carrying scabs entering the plant.’
- ‘He plans to bring a delegation of council workers to the picket line.’
- ‘It's a normal trade union rule that if someone's on strike you don't cross their picket line and you don't touch their work.’
- ‘In Alberta, an unknown number of workers crossed the picket line and returned to work.’
- ‘A picket line was a picket line and anyone who crossed it was a scab.’
- ‘Striking firefighters crossed their picket line to attend the incident.’
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