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Strike action by a critical mass of the labour force in a city, region, or country.
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ENG: A general strike is a strike action by a critical mass of the labour force in a city, region, or country. While a general strike can be for political goals, economic goals, or both, it tends to gain its momentum from the ideological or class sympathies of the participants. It is also characterized by participation of workers in a multitude of workplaces, and tends to involve entire communities. The general strike has waxed and waned in popularity since the mid-19th century, and has characterized many historically important strikes. 1926 United Kingdom general strike The 1926 general strike in the United Kingdom was a general strike that lasted nine days, from 4 May 1926 to 13 May 1926. It was called by the general council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in an unsuccessful ...
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Olympics strike threat by union leader Len McCluskey...

... condemned Downing Street has denounced a union leader's threat of strikes to disrupt the Olympics as "completely unacceptable and unpatriotic". Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, told The Guardian that unions could stage industrial action as part of their campaign against Government cuts. He called for the public to engage in civil disobedience to defend public services during the fortnight of sport this summer. Mr McCluskey said no precise plans had been drawn up for action during the London Games, but added that they "absolutely" could include strikes. "The attacks ...

Reuters London Journalists Plan Two-Day Strike Amid ...

... Pay Dispute About 180 journalists working for Thomson Reuters Corp. (TRI) in London are planning a 48-hour strike this week, the first in more than 25 years, according to a union representative. The New-York-based company is prepared to offer a 3 percent pay increase with 1.25 percent of that amount awarded on a merit basis, not enough to offset U.K. inflation, said Barry Fitzpatrick, deputy general secretary for the National Union of Journalists. The union will meet with management tomorrow to discuss whether a strike may be averted, Fitzpatrick said in a telephone interview ...

UNITED KINGDOM: Tax Office takes strike action

United Kingdom Union leaders have claimed that a strike by tax workers over privatisation has resulted in thousands staying away from their offices.The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union estimated that 14,500 of its members at HM Revenue and Customs took part in the 24-hour walkout, claiming it caused significant disruption. The union said telephone inquiry lines carried recorded announcements telling people to deal with any problems online. Customs said it would not issue penalty fines to anyone missing the 31 January deadline for self-assessment returns, while those filing ...

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