A trade union or trades union, also called a labor union, is an organization of workers who have come together to achieve common goals; such as protecting the integrity of its trade, improving safety standards, and attaining better wages, benefits (such as vacation, health care, and retirement), and working conditions through the increased bargaining power wielded by the creation of a monopoly of the workers. The trade union, through its leadership, bargains with the employer on behalf of union members (rank and file members) and negotiates labor contracts (collective bargaining) with employers. The most common purpose of these associations or unions is “maintaining or improving the conditions of their employment. This may include the negotiation of wages, work rules, complaint procedures, rules governing hiring, firing and promotion of workers, benefits, workplace safety and policies.
Unions may organize a particular section of skilled workers (craft unionism), a cross-section of workers from various trades (general unionism),or attempt to organize all workers within a particular industry (industrial unionism). The agreements negotiated by a union are binding on the rank and file members and the employer and in some cases on other non-member workers. Trade unions traditionally have a constitution which details the governance of their bargaining unit and also have governance at various levels of government depending on the industry that binds them legally to their negotiations and functioning.
What we do for Trade Unions
Trade unions are for workers usually to a lower level of hierarchy. The workers are good at their job but, not at managing the organization. Also, since the numbers are huge, the management and administration become a headache for the Union. There is no dearth of enthusiasm in belonging to the organization and working for it, however, the organizing, event management, administration and management are the areas where PHAPA will help them in achieving their goals.
For an existing Trade Union
For New Trade unions
In addition to the above functions, we help create the Union in defining bylaws, registration and establishment of office bearers.
Case Study – Karnataka Construction workers Union.