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One who works or provides an employer with workers during a strike.

strike′break′ing n.


(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) a person who tries to make a strike ineffectual by working or by taking the place of those on strike
ˈstrikeˌbreaking n, adj


(ˈstraɪkˌbreɪ kər)

a person who takes part in breaking up a strike of workers, as by furnishing workers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strikebreaker - someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"


[ˈstraɪkˌbreɪkəʳ] Nesquirol(a) m/f, rompehuelgas mf inv


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He chose the latter, but to his regret, for all night long gangs of strikebreakers kept arriving.
He sought out the superintendent, who smiled grimly and bade him "wait and see." Durham's strikebreakers were few of them leaving.
A thousand or two of strikebreakers were brought in every night, and distributed among the various plants.
Just at this time the mayor was boasting that he had put an end to gambling and prize fighting in the city; but here a swarm of professional gamblers had leagued themselves with the police to fleece the strikebreakers; and any night, in the big open space in front of Brown's, one might see brawny Negroes stripped to the waist and pounding each other for money, while a howling throng of three or four thousand surged about, men and women, young white girls from the country rubbing elbows with big buck Negroes with daggers in their boots, while rows of woolly heads peered down from every window of the surrounding factories.
On the first day of his life as a strikebreaker Jurgis quit work early, and in a spirit of bravado he challenged three men of his acquaintance to go outside and get a drink.
He next became a private detective for a street railway corporation, and by successive steps developed into a professional strikebreaker. Pocock V., the last of the line, was blown up in a pump-house by a bomb during a petty revolt of the miners in the Indian Territory.
When the union workers refused, he fired them and called in replacements from Chicago 50 men unaware that they had been hired as strikebreakers in an area where 90 percent of the workforce carried a union card.
He also covers the role of detective agencies in controlling labor organizing through spies, guards and strikebreakers. "A History of Private Policing in the United States" is essentially an overview integrating various components of private policing to place its history in the context of the development of the American state.
Similarly disquieting, Harvard provided students as strikebreakers in both the 1912 Bread and Roses textile workers strike and the 1919 Boston police strike.
The River Floods the Avenue He was the other Valentino, not the romantic sheik and bullfighter of silent movie palaces who died too young, but the Valentino standing on his stoop to watch detectives hired by the company bully strikebreakers onto a trolley, and a chorus of strikers bellowing the banned word scab.
"We only saw three vans go out being driven by managers and strikebreakers. You would normally get van after van after van going out from Perry Barr.