A trade union is a non-government organization setup to protect and improve the welfare of workers. Among the functions of a trade union include collective bargaining in;
Negotiating wages and other non-wage benefits with employers
Improving working conditions, health and safety of workers
Supporting and advising employees on their legal rights
Providing training to union members
Influencing government policy and employment laws
Promoting social engagement by organizing recreational events
Organizing industrial actions and representing employees in industrial court to resolve industrial disputes.
Trade unions are stronger if most employees become members, as they could command a larger mandate and leverage on industrial actions to ensure employers meet their demands. They are also stronger if they represent workers who are highly skilled, exclusive or from an important industry. However, some employees may not favour joining a trade union, as they would have to pay a membership fee.
Financial and Non-Financial Rewards
PAST YEAR QUESTIONS
Identify and explain ways a trade union could help employees (4 marks) Oct/Nov 2019/11
Define trade union (2 marks) May/June 2020/12
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