an occasion when workers do something that is intended to force an employer to agree to something, especially by stopping work:

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actions by workers, especially the action of stopping work, that are intended to force an employer to agree to something:
Talks aimed at averting industrial action by nurses in emergency departments have adjourned for the night, with all sides saying today"s negotiation had been a "positive" engagement.
Doctors can —and do —shrug such reports away, saying that a few will suffer in every such industrial action.
Thus, to say that nurses have often resorted to industrial action because they were not professionalized is only trivially true.
The threat of impending industrial action was enough, however, and it prompted the government to reconsider its offer.
Usually, the mere threat of industrial action on the part of doctors is sufficient to resolve the situation.
So, to take industrial action to safeguard the interests of patients would certainly fall within morally acceptable boundaries of the medical and nursing professions.
Thus, industrial action taken over issues of efficiency or of wages are justifiable, but only if they are not negatively affecting patient care.

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It should be noted, however, that the total withdrawal of services does not exhaust the possibilities for industrial action, and there are alternatives, such as the partial withdrawal of services.
Paradoxically, however, nurses have resorted to industrial action because their sense of themselves as autonomous practitioners has been growing stronger over the course of this century.
Depending on the interpretation of this clause, it could be viewed as a prohibition against industrial action or as an imperative to take industrial action on behalf of patients.
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