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Trade Unions: They are not the enemy!

02 May

The mention of ‘trade union’ can result in a cacophony of reactions depending on which side of an organisational hierarchy a hearer falls. It is more typical for workers or employees to react positively and employers negatively due to the feeling that trade unions help to somewhat shift the balance of power with respect to bargaining rights, placing more of it into the hands of employees than many employers would like.

But is this the whole story; the seeming empowering of workers and the ‘emasculation’ of employers? Could it be that only a portion of the story is really being told and there are oft ignored benefits for employers afterall? What is a trade union really?

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