Definition of closed shop in English:

closed shop

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noun

  • 1A place of work where all employees must belong to an agreed trade union. Compare with union shop.
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    • Undoubtedly the freedom of association provisions were drafted with the intent of attacking unions, to break down so-called closed shops.
    • Some business sectors in Asia were once regarded by the West as a closed shop, but deregulation is now in full stride as corporate and political leaders strive to restructure and increase competitiveness.
    • The Publish-Or-Perish syndrome has always been a fact of life for academics, and in earlier times was the subject of much amusement both within and without the fairly closed shop of the scientific world.
  • 1.1 [in singular] The system in operation in a place of work that is a closed shop: the outlawing of the closed shop
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    • While the trade unions still control access to employment in the sector through a closed-shop policy, they are in no position to present any serious challenge.
    • The interested amateur is likely to be repelled and hurt by this attitude of closed-shop trade-unionism.
    • By contrast, union members - especially in closed-shop industries - cannot simply renounce their union memberships, unless they're also willing to quit their jobs.
  • 1.2An area of activity that is restricted to a particular small group: it’s a very closed shop, the pharmaceutical world
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    • In the case of the Bahamas, the government is a closed shop.
    • Despite all its talk of diversity, big media in American tends to be something of a closed shop.
    • The Premiership's top three is something of a closed shop.

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