The Future of Trade Unions

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In this assignment it has been asked to discuss the future of the trade union movement in the 21st century in both the public and private sector in the UK. The report will be developed with both primary research as interviews and secondary research which involves websites, leaflets and journals. From the collected research it would be able to construct a reflective report on the history, how the operate today and the hopes that trade unions have to be able to progress in the future and continue to support and advise not only workers, but also communities and people in need.

Trade unions are independent organization which represents worker to their employer ( The trade unions exist for many reason important issues, but one of the main reasons of the intention of Trade Unions is to support those individual workers who has a little chance of influencing his or her problems at their working environment, although by joining with other colleagues or workers there is a faithful chance that they would have voice and also influence. All job and industry are protected by trade unions. There are 85 Trade Unions in the United Kingdom which cover all different kind of sectors: “UNIFI” for example which stand for Union for Finance. Staff that works in financial environments such as working as an accountant or Investment Banker is being covered by this Trade Union. There is also the “NUJ” which stand for (National Union of Journalism). Many other unions are also supporting people by gender, ethnic background and religion in different sectors.

One of the biggest unions is the “TGWU” which stand for Transport and General worker union representing people which are working in a range of different occupation and industry inside both the private and public sectors ( The TUC (trade union congress) is a national trade union centre. This association is represented by many other ones which are over 85 Unions which represent union members in total of 6.5 million members where the half of it is represented by “Unison or Unite”. (Ibid) “The trade union makes the body of the annual congress, which take place every year in September. Between these congress decisions are made by the general council, which they meet each other every two month. The executive committee is election by the council from its members. The senior paid official of the trade union congress is the general secretary which is currently “Brendan Barber”. (Newham, Town Hall Unison Department)

Trade Union History
“The trade union congress was founded in the early 1860s.” (ibid) The United Kingdom Alliance of Organised Trades, was founded in Sheffield and Yorkshire in the 1866, although was immediately forerunner of the “TUC”. “The first meeting of Trade Union Congress”( “Around the 1830 a group of six agricultural workers called (Tolpuddle Martyrs) were charge with having taken an illegal oath. To be precisely these regular workers were found guilty because they have a established to former a Trade Union to protest about the misery pay of six shilling a week, equivalent to 30p today’s money. These men’s were transported to Australia, which few of them never return. After three years during a Trade Union movement sustained the Martyrs families and the government release the men and returned to UK as heroes. This story of Tolpuddle Martyrs inspires the country up to day”. ( “In 1968 was held the first meeting when Manchester and Salford trades’ council come together officially. All this decisions was taken to from more centralisation trade unions structure which on that time allow the militant approach to fighting the employer even the socialist transformation of the society”.( “The conclusion was the general federation of the “Tread Union” which in 1899 was formed”.(Ibid)...
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