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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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While the Panthers are promoting an NFL lockout in their advertising, Huyghue and the UFL have approached the issue more cautiously.
The IRRA introduced the right of employers to lockout employees as a counterbalance to the right of employees to strike.
Minchin uses the sign, put up in 1986 by workers locked out of the BASF plant in Geismar, Louisiana, to illustrate the unlikely alliance that took place during the lockout between labor and environmental activists.
Develop a lockout procedure for the affected type of equipment and train all workers in the procedure.
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.
said today that its members voted today to accept a contract with Eramet and end a lockout that began on Aug.
Power management company Eaton announced today that employees at the company s Shenandoah, Iowa, commercial vehicle transmission plant have invented a new electrical lockout device that minimizes safety risks during machine maintenance and significantly improves efficiency of the lockout procedure.
KAZAN (CyHAN)- Two-time KHL champion Ak Bars Kazan has spiked rumors that a lockout signing with Detroit Red Wings star forward Pavel Datsyuk is imminent.
With the NFL lockout coming to a close on Monday, sources close to both the NFL and NFLPA indicate that Commissioner Roger Goodell and Exec.
Lockout tagout is a system that underpins permits to work in many high-risk workplaces, using physical lockout of isolation points and physical sign-up to the permit with lockout devices and padlocks.
A range of lockout boxes, cabinets and stations of varying sizes, features and contents can be purchased for one-stop safety shopping.
These changes have been gradual and cumulative in the case of Australia, commencing perhaps in the 1970s (Sodhi and Plowman 2001) and gaining momentum during the 1980s and 1990s with, in particular, the installation of enterprise bargaining and the implementation of the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993 which enshrined into law the right to strike and the right of employers to lockout employees under certain circumstances.