ENG: A trade union (British English) or labor union (American English and Canadian English) is an organization of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labour contracts (collective bargaining) with employers. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies. The agreements negotiated by the union leaders are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers.
Originating in Europe, trade unions became popular in many countries ...
Ed Miliband has said Labour is on the "right path" in supporting a cap on public sector pay rises, amid criticism from two of the party's union backers.
Unite and the GMB, two of the UK's largest trade unions, say the move is a "serious mistake" and could lead the party to a general election defeat.
But Labour's leader told the BBC he would "stand up for what's right" and it was "tough" if others disagreed.
Mr Miliband added that the party had to face up to "economic reality".
In 2010, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat froze public sector pay for two years for those earning above ...
LONDON (Dow Jones)--Representatives of British trade union Unite will Thursday meet with the manager of Petroplus Holdings AG's (PPHN.EB) Coryton refinery in Essex, southeast England, following the withdrawal by banks of the company's credit lines last week, the union's regional industrial organizer said Monday.
Coryton manager Jon Barden is meeting union representatives to discuss the situation at the refinery now that Petroplus is unable to purchase any more crude to run its refineries following the loss of its credit lines.
Petroplus was not available to ...
barby - in poll Trade unions in the United Kingdom
We've all seen the trend - trade union membership numbers are falling, and unions wield less power.
Well, there is no denying the first half of that story is true - in 1979 some 13.5 million workers in the UK were members of a union; today that figure is about 6.5 million.
But big turnouts seen at recent strikes and demonstrations suggest that the power of trade unions is not quite coming to an end just yet.
Take for instance, the national strike by public sector workers that took place on 30 November last year. Up to two million workers walked out, protesting against changes to their ...
martina - in poll Trade unions in the United Kingdom
Austerity Uncovered: What we found out... In June 2013 the TUC embarked on a nationwide tour to hear how government cuts had impacted on real people's lives; gathering the evidence to convict government policies... This video shares some of the stories we heard. If there's one clear message that came out of the tour it's that austerity is hurting, but it isn't working.
Lessons From Abroad Across Europe, governments need to rebuild their labour markets. In this video, Richard Exell interviews Catelene Passchier, of the FNV (the main Dutch trade union federation) and Alexander Herzog-Stein of the German union-linked think tank, the Hans Böckler Foundation, about the debates in other countries. What have they been getting right - and wrong?
Lessons From Abroad: Mini Jobs In recent years, Germany has led the world in job creation. Some conservative commentators have claimed that this is because of a new type of employment contract, known as 'mini jobs'. In this video, Richard Exell asks Alexander Herzog-Stein of the German union-linked think tank, the Hans Böckler Foundation, whether British perceptions of mini jobs are accurate.
TUC Employment Trends Update: September 2013 September’s employment figures showed the number of people in employment rising. In this video Richard Exell shows that this increase is entirely due to rising numbers of people over retirement age in employment, many of whom cannot afford to retire. At the same time, average wages are falling in real terms, and living standards are falling.