A periodic surge of strike activity that involves large numbers of workers and affects a broad section of industry. In the recent past, there were strike waves at the end of the 1960s and the end of the 1970s, which registered peak levels of industrial action across much of the industrialized world. The reasons for this wave-like pattern in strike activity are a matter of debate, but it is widely recognized that strike waves can be very significant events. They may threaten public order and lead to the collapse of governments, and they are often associated with significant reform in the institutions of industrial relations as governments, employers, and trade unions seek to re-establish industrial order.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.