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(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.