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What Are the Aims of Trade Unions?

  • To negotiate with employers for proper working conditions
    • for decent wages and conditions of work
    • for recognition by the employer of the unions and shop stewards in the workplace
  • To protect employees
    • from unfair dismissal and unfair labour practices
    • from discrimination and abuse.
  • To educate employees
    • on their rights and how to enforce these rights
    • on how to carry out their tasks in the trade union.
  • To represent employees
    • to the employers and other authorities
    • to get benefits
  • To take legal action when necessary.
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