a movement in trade unionism, esp. in Europe between 1890 and 1920, that sought to bring the means of production under the control of federations of labor unions by means of general strikes and other forms of direct action
Origin of syndicalismFrench syndicalisme from syndical, of a syndic or labor union (chambre syndicale) from syndic: see syndic
A radical political movement that advocates bringing industry and government under the control of federations of labor unions by the use of direct action, such as general strikes and sabotage.
Origin of syndicalismFrench syndicalisme from (chambre) syndicale trade union feminine of syndical of a labor union from syndic delegate ; see syndic .
- Control of government and industry by labor unions, usually achieved through revolutionary direct action.