Trade unions help people at work. The purpose of the trade unions is to raise the voice of employees collectively regarding work place issues. These issues are then forwarded to the employer. In the United Kingdom more than 29 million people are in some sort of paid employment. When the rights of an employee are snubbed or he is mistreated on job, that is where unions come in. Trade unions help employees make their work satisfying, rewarding and enjoyable while ensuring that the employees are treated fairly and making the work place a better place. Some major functions of trade unions are advise their members at the time of need, communicate negotiate their employer regarding any conflicts on behalf of employee, improve the working environment, legal help to their issues in the employment tribunals and in the court, providing training and support. Trade unions struggle to reduce discrimination at work.
The majority of the top 50 companies have undergone formal bargaining agreements with unions which are termed as “Recognition”. An employee who is member of a trade union earns more than a non member about 7p in the pound and get average 7 extra paid holidays than the non-member. There is a mixed view about the future of trade unions in the UK. According to one view the British trade unions do not seem to have brilliant future. In the age of mass production the importance of trade unions was recognised considerably but this age is not an industrialised age and the glorious time has gone. In the United Kingdom inexorable decline has been seen in the industries like mining, steel works, the car manufacturing, skilled and unskilled work manual work.
Unemployment increased dramatically in the recent years and job security became the desirable objective for the workers. Years ago it had been called “the future of the Conservatives”, but now you would call “Have the Conservatives a future”. The questions arise like “Why did unions refuse to die quietly”, “is there a union renaissance”.
Unions will have to invest in the organizational and services activities in order to yield return, as the climate is no longer hostile for bargaining campaign compared to the last two decades. Convincing the workers in a way that they start thinking that the membership is still worthy. Improvement in the quality of working life, gaining equality in social life and with in trade unions, properly organizing and representing unions and continuous improvement of workers skills by designing lifelong learning system are the main areas of concentration by which the trade unions can grow and survive in future in the highly sensitive and dynamic business world.
Chapter One: Introduction6
1.1A Trade Union6
1.1.1Activities of trade unions7
1.2Some important facts8
1.3The future of trade unions8
Chapter Two: Literature Review11
2.1Short history of trade unions11
2.1.2The early years11
2.1.3Trade union growth12
2.1.4Decline but not fall14
2.2What do Unions do15
2.3Future of Trade Unions in Britain16
Chapter Three: Concluding Remarks and Recommendations18
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1A Trade Union
The main purpose of trade unions is to help people at work. When the views of a single worker are ignored, and if majority of workers speak for the rights in a single voice, then the employer must notice and listen to that voice. The purpose of the unions is to raise the voice of employees collectively regarding work place issues. These issues are then forwarded to the employer.
In the United Kingdom more than 29 million people are in some sort of paid employment. Majority of the employers treat their employees in a fair way, with few exceptions. When the rights of an employee are snubbed or he is...