The terms union and bargaining came to be used for indicating that workers' interests were protected and so were their skills for livelihood. In time these unions were acknowledged by owners of production facilities. During over a hundred years or more , the function of unions has been transformed and their activities now include negotiating for better health benefits, provisions for the unemployed ,the right to mediate who did or did not do a particular job, wages, with the management.
In time, unions acquired separate legal status and could exercise the right of 'collective bargaining' - the right to directly negotiate with managements over wages and working conditions. If these broke down m unions could resort to industrial strikes in protest.
Unions aligned with international federations, acquiring more organized say. They could also choose to support political parties like the Labour Party of Britain. Unions stood alongside political parties which represented their cause and campaigned for candidates. Unions assumed so much power that they even contemplated a position for union members in the management of companies so that equitable benefits were shared with workers. But, are trade organizations and collective bargaining losing ground in British Industry - the case seems to be so unless trade unions can reorganise to the new equations.
After the period of the late 1970's onward trade unions in Britain have s...
The perception of Britain as potent destination for business has accounted the demands for better productivity and the agenda of unions is considered a negative influence in an age where industries prefer productivity and growth over worker benefits. What is interesting is that unions are today seen in Britain as actually disadvantageous to certain groups of unemployed workers, due to their propensity to recruit their own members. Certain other groups of workers, for instance m women have m in all fairness, been able to see better wages coming their way. There is informed opinion in Britain today which opines that labour is a commodity m with all its connotations of mass organization and benefits which is commanding an unfair monopoly - therefore it should be discouraged from gaining influence - similar to product monopoly.
It can be assumed that trade unions are themselves to blame for this situation - considering that they have overlooked a natural human desire to live and earn well. Much of the misplaced zeal of unions is directed toward what they feel workers should get - not what workers may actually want to earn. Trade unions are actually being seen as an obstacle to worker productivity because they allegedly coerce workers to accept working conditions favouring diminished production which is seen to harm workers' interests,. Membership in unions has declined consequently. The powers that be in governing unions in the UK today seem to demand more and more for less and seem to shrug off honest work as a policy. As a result trade unions are seen to be national disgrace devoted to diminishing output and limiting growth - Minimum wages for minimum work - One might think.