Definition: is a type of industrial event when an organization’s employees stop working to demonstrate their solidarity with the workers of another company, department, or business unit that went on strike for a grievous reason. In this case, the workers aren’t on strike because they have any personal grievances, but only as a sign of support. A number of countries don’t recognize a sympathy strike as a violation of the worker’s contracts and don’t take any action against the employees.
In a Sentence:
Even though the fact that the warehouse workers were forced to work overnight didn’t affect the accounting and sales departments directly, they went on a sympathy strike to show their support.
If you dare go on a sympathy strike just because the Limington’s employees did, you all are going to be fired. The fact that their health insurance was cut in half has nothing to do with you!
After careful consideration, our union agreed that there’s no reason to go on a sympathy strike because the branch office in Boston was denied a couple of days off for Christmas.
Synonyms and related words: union, worker’s strike, strike ballot, sympathetic strike, economic strike