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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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SYNDICALISM

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A revolutionary movement among the working class, aimed at the control of industry by the workers on a basis of organization of labor by industries. As a means to attain its end, it advocated the general strike and sabotage. Its origin is dated from 1895, when the Confédération Général du Travail was formed in France, and the movement soon spread to other countries. Those who advocate violence in labor unions are syndicalists.