worker


worker
noun
ADJECTIVE
good, hard, willing
productive
fast, quick
methodical, steady
slow
core, key
full-time, part-time
permanent
temporary
casual

Casual workers are usually paid by the hour.

shift
migrant, seasonal
freelance
self-employed
paid, salaried
voluntary (BrE), volunteer
low-paid, low-wage (esp. AmE), minimum-wage (AmE)
jobless (AmE), laid-off, redundant (BrE), unemployed
retired
female, male, woman
black, white
guest, immigrant
illegal, undocumented (AmE)
fellow
average

One night in these hotels costs around the average worker's monthly wage.

skilled
low-skilled (AmE), unskilled
semi-skilled
blue-collar, manual
clerical, office, white-collar
professional
shop-floor
unionized
non-union
private-sector, public-sector
council (BrE), municipal
assembly-line, factory, garment (esp. AmE), industrial, manufacturing, mill, production
construction
metal, steel, textile
auto (AmE), car
maintenance
transit (AmE), transport (esp. BrE), transportation (AmE)
rail, railroad (AmE), railway (BrE)
agricultural, farm, rural
health, health-care, hospital
care, childcare, community, day-care (AmE), home-care (AmE), outreach, social, welfare, youth
emergency, rescue
aid, humanitarian, relief
charity
field, research
domestic
postal
sanitation (AmE)
VERB + WORKER
employ, have
pay
engage, hire, recruit, take on
dismiss, fire, lay off, make redundant (BrE), sack (esp. BrE)
exploit

The union accused the company of exploiting its workers.

educate, train
protect
organize, unionize
WORKER + VERB
labour/labor, toil (literary), work
earn sth

These banana workers earn about $7 000 per year.

run sth, staff sth

The kitchen is staffed by three volunteers.

lose a job

400 workers have lost their jobs.

commute

88% of the workers commute by car.

demand sth

Workers demanded fair wages and better working conditions.

vote

The workers voted for strike action.

(be on) strike, walk out

The workers walked out last month after a failure to agree terms.

WORKER + NOUN
participation

worker participation in decision-making

productivity (AmE)
compensation (AmE)
protection, rights (both AmE)

The public are demanding more worker protection.

PHRASES
the exploitation of workers
workers' demands, workers' rights

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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