industrial action


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Recent Examples on the Web Unite’s ballot on industrial action ends on Nov. 5. Christopher Jasper,, "Heathrow Airport Pay Talks Falter as Union Ballots for Strike," 15 Oct. 2020 That said, supply losses from hurricane season and from further Norwegian industrial action in October will be more than offset by resurgent supply from Libya, the IEA said. David Hodari, WSJ, "Oil Recovery Expected to Falter Though Supply Glut Shrinks," 14 Oct. 2020 The industrial action is far from the first to hit Amazon's German operations—Amazon's German workers tend to strike around the most lucrative times of year for the company, such as Prime Day and Christmas. David Meyer, Fortune, "Amazon’s German workers launch Prime Day strike over pandemic pay," 13 Oct. 2020 The industrial action that has engulfed major factories across the country cast a tough challenge to Mr. Lukashenko, who had relied on blue-collar workers as his core support base. Yuras Karmanau, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘People need to get the truth’: Reporters join strike in Belarus," 20 Aug. 2020 Workers across France are striking as part of a national wave of industrial action, that has seen protests against reforms to the state pension system. Heather Connolly, Quartz, "Why France is on strike," 6 Dec. 2019 The industrial action illustrates the mounting fears across generations that people will have to work longer for less. Washington Post, "Across generations, French workers fight pensions overhaul," 4 Dec. 2019 The miles-deep coal mines of Harlan County, a region of wooded Appalachian hills rising up to Kentucky’s highest point, were for decades synonymous with violent industrial action. The Economist, "Lessons from Bloody Harlan," 26 Sep. 2019 And this summer it has been hit by a long run of industrial action. The Economist, "What lies behind the strike that has grounded British Airways," 12 Sep. 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Industrial action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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