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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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Huyghue insists that the UFL's plans are not contingent on an NFL lockout.
3) Data on the number of strikes and the number of lockouts are published separately.
There is, of course, another weak argument that the word Lockout is, in fact, a generic word made up of the word Lock and Out, which can be found in the dictionary and which, of course, no one can prevent someone from using them.
Anecdotal evidence confirming the anticipated economic fallout from the lockout likewise began to emerge.
The best plan for handling safe and vault lockouts relies heavily on prevention.
Second, what has been the pattern of lockouts versus strikes in India since separate data on lockouts and strikes began being collected in 1961 and what might explain similarities and differences?
During 1994-98, lockouts accounted for 3 per cent of working days lost in the manufacturing sector; whereas during 1999-2003 they accounted for 26.
To begin with, it's important to note that in addition to emphasising that lockouts are still quite rare, I was also at pains to stress that the figures significantly under-stated the extent of lockouts and analogous ways in which employers withdraw work as a bargaining tactic.
But we were used to strikes and lockouts by 1994, that being the fourth baseball lockout or strike since 1972 (and the seventh if you include umpires' strikes).
The system performend as specified without any failures except for the login errors, remote control and valet mode lockouts, which were corrected by firmware upgrades at an early stage of the test.
Although historians have examined particular lockouts, no study singularly focused on lockouts in Australia has even been undertaken.
Owners in April can reopen the accord, which was ratified two years ago after two lockouts and a failed attempt to decertify the union.