The trade unions
The trade unions grew up in an ill-organised fervour. They are still higgledy-piggledy, often seeming to lack a sense of direction and leadership. They began by groups of workmen banding together to better their working conditions, prevent themselves from being exploited, and help each other in adversity. They gave strength to the weak and isolated worker against the powerful employer. Before the unions came, the employer, with his personal larder full, could almost always win against the individual man seeking work, as the individual had to accept the terms offered to him or starve.
KeywordsTrade Union Union Member Union Leader Secret Ballot Closed Shop
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