Unions – Why?

Facts on unions

To understand why unions started we need to look a couple of hundred years back to the industrialisation. A union is an organisation connecting workers and standing behind them in questions against their employer. The purpose is to make sure that workers get payed properly and that their working hours are good and that nothing is done to the employer’s benefit if it is not good for the worker. If there is a dispute between the worker and the employer, the union can help bring clarity to the question and make parties come along. Unions make the deals on what should happen and how the regulations should look. A union member can get legal help to negotiate with an employer. The unions are the ones to make the deals between all parties involved in a working environment.

The biggest advantages to the Union

Being a member of the union gives the individual many advantages. The union has more power to use in different kinds of disputes. If there is a strike, the union can help organize everything as well as in other types of blocks. The union also works politically by lobbying or actively supporting different parties or interests. Through the union you can get lots of other benefits, also for you privately. This can be insurances or discounts or help arranging a funeral.

The union origin

You can trace the movement on Unions back to Europe in early 18th century. This is when the trend for agriculture was going towards industrialisation. This created new types of jobs and salaries were dumped. This made the workers worried that their knowledge was threatened. Even women, immigrants and children were pulled to the new kinds of work. The large amount of uneducated men now came together and spontaneously started the union movement. The union has been seen as a follower to the type of defenders that were used in the middle age. Even back then they were good at taking part of actions making sure the worker was safe. The also helped the workers wives if there was an accident or something causing problems for the family. In this way it is similar to what unions work on today.

A fight for existence

Research shows that unions saw great resistance in the beginning. Large employers were, of course, interested in as big wins as possible which you get from low salaries and bad conditions. Unions were banned in many countries where it could be as severe as death penalty for even trying to start something resembling a union. The unions had some political power and worked out rules and regulations to make unions legal, but still there were a resistance. Despite all this unions grew strong and still today unions a strong force in the market helping the workers get what they deserve. Today it is a civil right to be able to join in a union connected to your work. It is all regulated In the Un as well, in the declaration on human rights.