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Trade Unions and their purpose

Trade Unions were at their most popular in the 1970’s, with the Miner’s Strike at the forefront of the alliance. The rise in public sector workers joining the movement has ensured that unions are still as important in the 21st century.

The purpose of a Trade Union is to provide guidance and support to its members regarding any work-related issues. A union aims to provide better working environments for its members and speak on their behalf, should it be necessary. Essentially, a Trade Union is there to protect you from being treated unfairly in the workplace.

There are many arguments for and against trade unions, the ‘them vs us’ ideal is perhaps the most prominent factor working against the unions. This suggests that workers who rely on the unions to ‘fight their battles for them’ could end up becoming segregated in their working environment.

Trade Unions Workshop: