- US /ˈpɪkɪt/ noun [C] HR, WORKPLACE► (also picket line) a group of people who stand outside an organization's building holding signs to protest against something. The people who protest are often employees who disagree with the management: »
The rail union is planning a 150-person picket of the terminal for two days next week.»
The new government was determined to avoid a return to the old days of industrial action and mass picket lines.»
Most union members were reluctant to cross the picket line.stand on/walk the picket line »
We spent two weeks walking the picket line, trying to get better benefits.»
Workers staged a picket outside the factory gates.»
Workers picked up their picket signs and began their protest.► UK a single person in a picket line: »
Police escorts were provided for tanker drivers who had experienced intimidation by pickets.Ⅱ.picket UK US verb [I or T] HR, WORKPLACE► to show an organization that you are not satisfied with them by standing outside their building and trying to prevent people from entering and doing business with them : »
The firm's annual general meeting was picketed by union members angry at the decision to cut jobs.»
The group has decided not to picket until after the talks.picketing /ˈpɪkɪtɪŋ/ US /-ṱɪŋ/ noun [U]► »
The proposed new law would ban picketing.
Financial and business terms. 2012.