General Strike


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General Strike

1. A strike in which all or most workers in a city or region stop working. A general strike is not limited to one company and generally extends beyond a single industry. It is intended to show solidarity between all workers and may be a statement against capitalism as a system. General strikes were most common in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

2. More generally, any large strike, even if confined to a single company.
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The head of the General Labour Confederation Ghassan Ghosn said that, in response to the cabinet decision, his organisation would suspend a planned general strike on Oct.
The biggest wave of industrial action since the 1926 general strike will hit Britain in the wake of Government pension reforms, the leader of the largest public sector union has said.
The insufferably smug Cameron and Osborne in particular clearly believe they have a divine right to rule and, as "a child of Thatcher", you know what Cameron would have thought of the General Strike.
Fellow teacher Jessica Edwards said a general strike was needed because the Government was planning the "total destruction and decimation of our pensions".
This is the second general strike called by the BNP during the current elected government's rule.
A BA spokesman said: "We will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption as a result of the general strike in Spain.
Joshi said the banks have enough cash for withdrawal as they had arranged for maximum cash before the general strike.
In addition, unions issued a total of 11 credible general strike threats, once during the 1980s, eight times in the 1990s, and twice after 2000.
ANKARA, Jan 18, 2010 (TUR) -- Workers from around Turkey protested the government's labour policies and called for general strike at a mass rally in Ankara on Sunday.
Summary: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement Thursday called for protests and a general strike in the occupied Palestinian territories on Friday over recent tensions in Jerusalem.
According to the people who participated in the 1919 Seattle General Strike and the 1934 San Francisco General Strike, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine had the right idea, a uniquely American idea, about worker egalitarianism.
President Robert Mugabe's security forces clamped down hard on unrest during a general strike in Zimbabwe, arresting dozens of opposition supporters before the stoppage fizzled out yesterday.