Definition of industrial action noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


industrial action

BrE BrE//ɪnˌdʌstriəl ˈækʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˌdʌstriəl ˈækʃn//
[uncountable] (especially British English) Protest
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action that workers take, especially stopping work, to protest to their employers about something Industrial action by train drivers seriously affected rush-hour services. Wordfinderballot, closed shop, collective bargaining, industrial action, labour, picket, protest, representative, strike, union See related entries: ProtestExtra examples The union is considering stepping up its industrial action. The union is threatening industrial action against the company. industrial action by air traffic controllers industrial action by railway workers industrial action in support of demands for a 10% salary adjustment to take industrial action over pay