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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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During the 2002/03 general strikes, Luongo was one of the two engineers who remained at their work in the Paraguana Refining Centre.
In Spain, it was the second general strike this year to protest at budget cuts.
The NUT said a planned one-day strike in the summer term "will only be the start of the battle on pensions" and called on the TUC to begin co-ordinated strike action, starting with a one-day general strike in the autumn.
Mr Epifani raised the possibility of similar general strikes to Greece.
KATHMANDU, April 30 -- The indefinite general strike called by the UCPN (Maoist) from May 2 has put entrepreneurs in a confused state of mind.
Ongoing research suggests that union exclusion from government policymaking on wages, welfare systems and labour markets is strongly associated with a variety of union protests including general strikes.
The coalition has staged a series of general strikes, rallies and protests calling for the head of the caretaker government and the head of the Election Commission and one commission member to be chosen with the consent of all political parties.
All of these studies suggest that while not all early 20th-century Canadian workers engaged in general strikes like Winnipeg's workers, labour across Canada found itself dissatisfied with the socio-economic system.
Most Israelis are aware that the Palestinian resistance that flared from 1987 until the peace accord was signed in 1993 began with general strikes.
On the other hand, despite all the obstacles revolutionaries did enjoy organizational success, which was capped by the impressive general strikes in Ekaterinoslav and other southern cities in 1903.
Fighting an armed insurgency to establish a republican state in Nepal, the rebels have often resorted to general strikes to weaken the government.
For Israelis it carried the clear reminder that general strikes marked the opening of the civil strife that preceded the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian peace.