Dale Yoder has defined trade union as a continuing long – term association of employeesformed and maintained for the specific purpose of advancing and protecting the interestsof members in their working relationships.He quotes: “A trade union is a continuous association of workers which is formed withthe purpose of protecting the interests of workers.” Now that is simple and sweet, sweet in the sense it is easy to understand.Let us see another one!According to Flippo “A labour union or trade union is an organisation of workers formedto promote, protect, and improve, through collective action, the social, economic, and political interests of its members”.I hope you have understood that……..If you haven’t, analysing this definition we can draw the features of trade Unions:
Features of trade unions:
I. It is an organisation formed by employees or workers.II. It is formed on a continuous basis. It is a permanent body and not a casual or temporary one.III. It is formed to protect and promote all kinds of interests –economic, political andsocial-of its members. The dominant interest with which a union is concerned is,however, economic.IV. It includes federations of trade unions also.V. It achieves its objectives through collective action and group effort.Having understood the features let us come on to the next topic for today and that isobjectives of Trade Unions that is why do workers organise themselves into unions?
Objectives of Trade Union
Workers organise themselves in the form of a union to achieve the following goals:a) To improve the economic lot of employees by securing for them better wages. b) To secure better working conditions for the workers.c) To secure bonus for the employees from the profit of the concern,