PURPOSE OF TRADE UNION - Industrial Relations Management

Trade Unions Purpose

Their purpose is to protect and improve people's pay and conditions of employment. They also campaign for laws and policies which will benefit working people.

Trade unions exist because an individual worker has very little power to influence decisions that are made about his or her job. By joining together with other workers, there is more chance of having a voice and influence.

Labor unions are formed to protect the interests of workers, financially and otherwise. They bargain and negotiate with employers on the behalf of employees, in hopes of improving the latter's wages and working conditions. America's first union was formed in 1794 by Pennsylvanian shoemakers. A trade union exists, in theory, to provide better working conditions for its members. They do this by using the collective power of all members to sit on a more equal playing field with employers. In this way they can demand higher wages, shorter working days,better working conditions, more on-the-job training, etc.

Workers organize themselves in the form of a union to achieve the following goals:

  1. a) To improve the economic lot of employees by securing for them better wages.
  2. To secure better working conditions for the workers.
  3. To secure bonus for the employees from the profit of the concern.
  4. To resist schemes of the management which reduce employment, e.g. rationalization and automation.
  5. To secure welfare of employees through group schemes which give benefit to every employee?
  6. To protect the interests of employees by taking active participation in the management.
  7. To secure social welfare of the employees.
  8. To secure organizational stability, growth, and leadership

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