Unionists


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to Unionists: Trade unionists, Southern Unionists

Unionists

 

(1) A term used occasionally in historical literature to designate the members of the Conservative Party of Great Britain, whose official name is the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations.

(2) A widely used designation for the members of a number of parties and groups in Northern Ireland; the term “Ulster Unionists” is also used.

References in periodicals archive ?
According to the Unionists Alliance, the security forces arrested 20 of its members on Wednesday.
This will only succeed if unionists fail to register their votes for unionist candidates.
But Mr Halfon has insisted what he calls "moderate" trade unionists should have a voice.
Unionists claim that independence will bring in uncertainty in terms of Scotland's politics, economics and finances.
It was we in the DUP who secured devolution on terms acceptable to unionists and who finally scattered those birds of passage, the Direct Rule ministers, for so long the public face of a colonial system of government that consigned us all to the status of second-class citizens," he said.
TAKING HOME THE TROPHY: Redcar Unionists players Barry Chapman, left, and Richard Beckham won the England Cup after beating the Redcar Lakes B team in the finals which were held at Saltburn Cons
Based on SCC testimony, she discovered that Alabama unionists were not concentrated only in northern counties, but were much more dispersed around the state than originally believed.
The constituency groups provide a space for trade unionists of color and women to garner support as they maneuver through bureaucratic unions and leadership structures.
Assuming that the IRA discontinues criminal activity, negotiations between Sinn Fein--its political wing--and the Democratic Unionists are expected to resume next year (Associated Press, National Post).
Unionists fear that this harms workers and their families, and would rather see instead managed restructuring and strong social protection.
While Sinn Fein members angrily denounced the foray as a politically motivated stunt, many unionists emphasized republicans' seeming refusal to fulfill the terms of the agreement, particularly the section that stated that objectives should be pursued solely by peaceful, democratic means.