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intentional closing up of a company, factory, or shop by an employer to prevent employees from working during a strike or labor dispute. The term lockout is sometimes confused with the term strikestrike,
concentrated work stoppage by a group of employees, the chief weapon of organized labor. A suspension of work on the employer's part is called a lockout. Strikes usually result from conflicts of interest between the employer, who seeks to reduce costs, and employees, who
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, since what employers will frequently designate as a strike will in turn be referred to by workers as a lockout. Lockouts have generally been regarded as legal by the courts, although in some cases they have been held unlawful if they violate the terms of a joint agreement.



(Russian, lokaut), one of the forms of class struggle of the bourgeoisie against the working class.

In a lockout the capitalists close their enterprises and dismiss large numbers of workers in order to exert economic pressure on them. Through lockouts, entrepreneurs attempt to prevent a strike that is in preparation or suppress one that has already begun. While actively opposing strikes, bourgeois states set up no real obstacles to lockouts. True, certain legislative acts that limit or prevent strikes also limit or even prohibit lockouts. For example, in those countries where compulsory arbitration is established (in Australia and New Zealand), both strikes and lockouts with the set purpose of altering the labor conditions established by a court of arbitration organized by the state are generally prohibited. However, these restrictions and bans are purely formal in nature when applied to lockouts. One of the ways that the workers struggle against lockouts is to refuse when fired to leave the shut-down enterprise and instead to continue to work independently despite the lockout declared by the owners.

What does it mean when you dream about being locked out?

Losing one’s keys and being locked out in a dream can indicate fear of losing your position in life. If another person has locked the dreamer out, then control is an issue to be confronted and dealt with—in the dreamer’s career or personal life.


In a telephone circuit controlled by two voice-operated devices, the inability of one or both subscribers to get through, because of either excessive local circuit noise or continuous speech from one or both subscribers. Also known as receiver lockout system.
In mobile communications, an arrangement of control circuits whereby only one receiver can feed the system at one time to avoid distortion. Also known as receiver lockout system.
(computer science)
In computer communications, the inability of a remote terminal to achieve entry to a computer system until project programmer number, processing authority code, and password have been validated against computer-stored lists.
The precautions taken to ensure that two or more programs executing simultaneously in a computer system do not access the same data at the same time, make unauthorized changes in shared data, or otherwise interfere with each other.
Preventing the central processing unit of a computer from accessing storage because input/output operations are taking place.
Preventing input and output operations from taking place simultaneously.
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0 allow our clients to quickly determine which lockouts are innocent user error and which ones are suspicious and warrant investigation, said Ryan Morris, Sr.
The United Football League (UFL) is seeking to bank on the potential NFL lockout.
TRM) today announces the release of TRM Lockout Tagout Manager(TM) software, the only safety tagging system software specifically designed to work within the Maximo(R) environment.
Accordingly, this paper sets out (i) to examine the relation, if any, between recent labour market reform and lockouts in New Zealand and (ii) to compare New Zealand experience with that of Australia.
The improper hiring strengthened Ralphs financially and helped it survive the lengthy lockout while the unions saw their resources drained, prosecutors said.
It very much depends whether your name, Lockouts of Westcliff, is a registered trademark or whether it's a limited company.
There may not be much of a difference in whether the labor dispute with the West Coast dockworkers is defined as a strike or a lockout.
However, depending on the nature and importance of the contents, safe or vault lockouts can trigger major operational disasters.
Iso-lok's new ball valve lockout allows valves to be locked in either an open or closed position.
Recent research by Briggs (2004a; 2004b; 2004c; 2005) has thrown light on the number of lockouts in Australia during the decade ended 2003.
WILMINGTON - The visions of a lockout at the ports 15 months ago are still fresh in the minds of dock workers in Long Beach and Los Angeles.
We need to end this madness," said Congressman Green in referring to the four-year lockout which began on February 5, 1996, after workers, represented by the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE), disclosed to the company that they had no intention of striking.