What is a trade
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A trade union is an organised group of workers who have joined together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions, wages and a safer working environment.
Trade unions negotiate with employers on behalf of union members to agree wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and other policies.
Who is in a trade union?
Ordinary working people – nearly seven million in the UK – are in a trade union, doing all sorts of jobs. They include nurses, school meals staff, hospital cleaners, actors, professional footballers, shop assistants, teaching assistants, bus drivers, engineers, social workers and apprentices.
The above text is drawn from Unison's document ‘What is a trade union’ .
View or download the TUC' Unions for a Better Working Life leaflet opposite.
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