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A colloquial term in the UK for a single-union agreement where an employer has agreed to recognize a trade union on the condition that they sign a no-strike clause, thereby prohibiting industrial action. Such deals were condemned by some trade unions as against the spirit of trade unionism; others saw them as an opportunity to gain a foothold in organizations that otherwise would be non-union. [See beauty contest.]

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