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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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4 May - The BBC broadcast five news bulletins a day as no newspapers are published due to the General Strike.
Thousands of students marched through Cairo and Ain Shams University on Saturday and Sunday, chanting against SCAF and distributing flyers explaining why students should join the general strike.
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.
The Maoists eventually lifted the general strike after such retaliatory action spread to other towns and cities, including the capital Kathmandu.
Joshi said the banks have enough cash for withdrawal as they had arranged for maximum cash before the general strike.
Police have confirmed the arrest of 30 opposition supporters for offences linked to the general strike, which was launched on Tuesday but struggled to win much support in a country where unemployment stands at over 80 per cent.
The book is dedicated to my grandfather Richard Brierley, of Cramlington, who was a shopkeeper during the General Strike," said Margaret.
A distinguished Welsh historian last night played down comparisons between today's threat of a public sector strike and the General Strike of 1926.
Reinforcing the impression that Cofferati's move sprang from political self-interest was the fact that the other major unions resisted signing on to the general strike.
The pilots union SEPLA has stated that the Spanish airline's pilots will not take part in the general strike nor will they hold a strike before 20 June over their own grievances against the company.
During the war years both local and international events provided an atmosphere of "excitement" that, according to this view, greatly contributed to the development of the general strike in Winnipeg.
The general strike, as practiced in Seattle, is of itself the weapon of revolution, all the more dangerous because quiet.