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Organizations of workers that have banded together to achieve common goals such as better working conditions.
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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 ...
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Miliband rejects union criticism over pay stance


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 ...


Petroplus UK Refinery Manager, Trade Union To Meet ...


... Thurs-Union 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 ...


Trade unions: Not dead yet


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 ...


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