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.
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.
Control of government and industry by labor unions, usually achieved through revolutionary direct action.
Origin of syndicalism
- French syndicalisme from (chambre) syndicale trade union feminine of syndical of a labor union from syndic delegate syndic
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition