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FYI – Trade Unions

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

In most developed countries, workers have someone to stand up for their rights — trade or labor unions. But it wasn’t always like that — and in some places, even today, workers have no one to fight for their rights…

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

trade unionsWhat is a Trade Union?

Whether you call it a trade union (UK), labour union (Canada), or a labor union (US), unions are organizations of workers who have joined together to protect their rights. Those rights could be to a decent wage, decent working conditions, shorter hours, or benefits. Unions can be made up of all the workers in a particular industry, such as airline workers, or all the workers for one company. Employers know that if they don’t listen to union demands, they could have a strike on their hands. 

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