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They are major organizations that understand the needs and requirements of the working people and help provide them with safe working environment and help negotiate better pay and compensation.
Trade unions play major role in the labor market in UK. The statistics of union membership is clear indication of its success as independent bodies that can negotiate successfully for the rights of the working population. BIS, a leading government department, regularly analyses government policies and publishes range of information and data of various public and private organizations to promote transparency. The major aim is to reveal as to how taxpayers’ money is spent and whether resources are better used to deliver value for money. BIS’ statistics on trade union membership is an important aspect that demonstrates its proactive participation in the welfare of the workers (BIS, 2011).
But the recent fall in membership has emerged as major concern (Table 1; BIS, 2011) for TUC and government. The membership to unions has fallen from 2008 till 2011 showing its inability in negotiating welfare policies for workers in economic slowdown. The trend also highlights the fact that women have shown greater trust on the unions but membership has declined for workers for 60 years and above for the above period. The Table 2 (BIS, 2011) is hugely significant and shows that public sector has nearly double the union members (60.9%) as against the private sector employees (39.1%). Nearly 78.6% of members are full time workers, whereas only 21.4% of part time workers are union members. Most distressing is the fact that disabled membership of union is only about 17.5%. Moreover, the table gives credence to the fact that workforce with higher qualifications has more awareness and trust in union whereas non-qualified constitute only 3.7% of union members.
The recent trend in union membership is distressing for the working population
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The union members can create much more havoc for the organization than individual workers. They can put more pressure on Wal-Mart by threatening to strike, go-slow or not to obey the management. This will create havoc not only for the organization, but will also create inconvenience for the Wal-Mart customers.
People need to work, and employers are seeking to get the most for as few concessions from workers as possible. While union busting has been an ongoing activity in the U.S. since their beginnings in the early twentieth century, the activity is now flourishing in earnest, as evidenced by the recent Wisconsin decision to limit public employee collective bargaining.
The Role of Trade Unions in the United Kingdom Table of Contents Table of Contents 2 Mergers in trade unions 7 Trade unions post agenda and priorities 9 Conclusion 16 Reference List 18 Introduction The transformation of the European nations in the 18th and 19th century from an agrarian and rural society to one which was founded on industrial production in factories, mills, mines, and textiles gave birth to the idea of trade unions (Howell, 2009:16).
The long-term decline in trade unions membership in the UK started in the year 1979, continued through the following 20 years, being strengthened by the adoption of several laws, making the rights of the workers for carrying out strikes and fighting for their industrial rights more limited.
The need to rally around or organize into groups to have more say for workers was, however a common feature. There were unions for a specific class of workers e.g. craft unions or unions representing a cross section of society - these negotiated more for ensuring better working conditions.
Unions are the sum of members, activists and full-time officers who contest policy and action from different ideological stances, but what unions do is the outcome of human agency and process.4 Activities of unions, according to Policy Studies Institute, 5 include collective bargaining, information and consultation, union recruitment and the partnership agenda.
the employees’ right of employment on issues like their leave entitlement, payment and compensation rights and the decisions agreed upon by both parties are binding to the union members. Therefore, trade unions meet frequently for the purpose of discussing any conflicts or
This essay analyzes Trends in Contemporary Art. Thw course has acted as an eye opener to broad concepts of art, their role in transforming art from time to time, and the contribution of artists in that line. My take for art was considerably static before taking this course. I held the motive that art revolves around historical events.
Other than this, the macroeconomic policies and strategies implemented so as to promulgate the rate of globalization, also acted as another cause that reduced the demand and reputation of trade unions in various organizations. However,