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Trade unions have sometimes been seen as successors to the guilds of medieval Europe , though the relationship between the two is disputed, as the masters of the guilds employed workers apprentices and journeymen who were not allowed to organize.
Trade unions and collective bargaining were outlawed from no later than the middle of the 14th century when the Ordinance of Labourers was enacted in the Kingdom of England. As collective bargaining and early worker unions grew with the onset of the Industrial Revolution , the government began to clamp down on what it saw as the danger of popular unrest at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. In , the Combination Act was passed, which banned trade unions and collective bargaining by British workers.
Although the unions were subject to often severe repression until , they were already widespread in cities such as London. Workplace militancy had also manifested itself as Luddism and had been prominent in struggles such as the Rising in Scotland, in which 60, workers went on a general strike , which was soon crushed. Sympathy for the plight of the workers brought repeal of the acts in , although the Combination Act severely restricted their activity. By the s, the first labour organizations to bring together workers of divergent occupations were formed.
Possibly the first such union was the General Union of Trades, also known as the Philanthropic Society, founded in in Manchester. The latter name was to hide the organization's real purpose in a time when trade unions were still illegal.
The first attempts at setting up a national general union were made in the s and 30s. The National Association for the Protection of Labour was established in by John Doherty , after an apparently unsuccessful attempt to create a similar national presence with the National Union of Cotton-spinners.
The Association quickly enrolled approximately unions, consisting mostly of textile related unions, but also including mechanics, blacksmiths, and various others. Membership rose to between 10, and 20, individuals spread across the five counties of Lancashire , Cheshire , Derbyshire , Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire within a year.
The organization attracted a range of socialists from Owenites to revolutionaries and played a part in the protests after the Tolpuddle Martyrs ' case, but soon collapsed. More permanent trade unions were established from the s, better resourced but often less radical.
The London Trades Council was founded in , and the Sheffield Outrages spurred the establishment of the Trades Union Congress in , the first long-lived national trade union center.
By this time, the existence and the demands of the trade unions were becoming accepted by liberal middle class opinion. If it were possible for the working classes, by combining among themselves, to raise or keep up the general rate of wages, it needs hardly be said that this would be a thing not to be punished, but to be welcomed and rejoiced at.
Unfortunately the effect is quite beyond attainment by such means. The multitudes who compose the working class are too numerous and too widely scattered to combine at all, much more to combine effectually. If they could do so, they might doubtless succeed in diminishing the hours of labour, and obtaining the same wages for less work. They would also have a limited power of obtaining, by combination, an increase of general wages at the expense of profits.
Trade unions were finally legalized in , after a Royal Commission on Trade Unions in agreed that the establishment of the organizations was to the advantage of both employers and employees. This period also saw the growth of trade unions in other industrializing countries, especially the United States, Germany and France.
In the United States, the first effective nationwide labour organization was the Knights of Labor , in , which began to grow after Legalization occurred slowly as a result of a series of court decisions. In France, labour organization was illegal until The prevalence of unions in various countries can be measured by the concept of "union density", which is expressed as a percentage of the total number of workers in a given location who are trade union members.
This generally sought to end child labour practices, improve worker safety , increase wages for both union workers and non-union workers, raise the entire society's standard of living , reduce the hours in a work week, provide public education for children, and bring other benefits to working class families.
Melbourne Trades Hall was opened in with Trades and Labour Councils and Trades Halls opening in all cities and most regional towns in the following forty years. During the s Trade unions developed among shearers , miners , and stevedores wharf workers , but soon spread to cover almost all blue-collar jobs.
Shortages of labour led to high wages for a prosperous skilled working class, whose unions demanded and got an eight-hour day and other benefits unheard of in Europe.
Australia gained a reputation as "the working man's paradise. This produced a reaction which led to all the colonies restricting Chinese and other Asian immigration. This was the foundation of the White Australia Policy. The "Australian compact", based around centralised industrial arbitration, a degree of government assistance particularly for primary industries, and White Australia, was to continue for many years before gradually dissolving in the second half of the 20th century.
In the s and s, the growing trade union movement began a series of protests against foreign labour. Their arguments were that Asians and Chinese took jobs away from white men, worked for "substandard" wages, lowered working conditions and refused unionisation. Objections to these arguments came largely from wealthy land owners in rural areas. The Barton Government which came to power following the first elections to the Commonwealth parliament in was formed by the Protectionist Party with the support of the Australian Labor Party.
The support of the Labor Party was contingent upon restricting non-white immigration, reflecting the attitudes of the Australian Workers Union and other labour organisations at the time, upon whose support the Labor Party was founded. In the Baltic states trade unions were the part of the Soviet Union trade union system and closely connected with the party in the state.
Industrial actions were not a part of their activities. Even the difference exists in the way of organization trade union and density. Starting from the union density slightly decrease in Latvia and Lithuania. In case of Estonia this indicator is lower than in Latvia and Lithuania but stays stable average 7 percent from total number of employment . Only the Scandinavian countries have a higher labour union density. The biggest union with around 1. The socialist union, in its current form, was founded in Besides these "big three" there is a long list of smaller unions, some more influential then others.
These smaller unions tend to specialize in one profession or economic sector. Next to these specialized unions there is also the Neutral and Independent Union that reject the pillarization that, according to them, the "big three" represent. There is also a small Flemish nationalist union that exists only in the Flemish -speaking part of Belgium, called the Vlaamse Solidaire Vakbond.
The last Belgian union worth mentioning is the very small, but highly active anarchist union called the Vrije Bond. Labour unions have existed in Canada since the early s. There is a record of skilled tradesmen in the Maritimes having a union organization during the War of Canadian unionism had early ties with Britain.
Tradesmen who came from Britain brought traditions of the British trade union movement, and many British unions had branches in Canada. Canadian unionism ties with the United States eventually replaced those with Britain. Collective bargaining was first recognized in , following a strike by the United Auto Workers at the General Motors ' plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
Justice Ivan Rand issued a landmark legal decision following a strike in Windsor, Ontario , involving 17, Ford workers. He granted the union the compulsory check-off of union dues.
Rand ruled that all workers in a bargaining unit benefit from a union-negotiated contract. Therefore, he reasoned they must pay union dues, although they do not have to join the union. The post- World War II era also saw an increased pattern of unionization in the public service. Teachers, nurses, social workers, professors and cultural workers those employed in museums, orchestras and art galleries all sought private-sector collective bargaining rights.
The Canadian Labour Congress was founded in as the national trade union center for Canada. In the s the federal government came under intense pressures to curtail labour cost and inflation. In , the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau introduced mandatory price and wage controls.
Under the new law, wages increases were monitored and those ruled to be unacceptably high were rolled back by the government. Pressures on unions continued into the s and '90s. Private sector unions faced plant closures in many manufacturing industries and demands to reduce wages and increase productivity.
Public sector unions came under attack by federal and provincial governments as they attempted to reduce spending, reduce taxes and balance budgets. Legislation was introduced in many jurisdictions reversing union collective bargaining rights, and many jobs were lost to contractors. Until around Colombian trade unions were among the strongest in Latin America. In Costa Rica , trade unions first appeared in the late s to support workers in a variety of urban and industrial jobs, such as railroad builders and craft tradesmen.
Trade unions in Germany have a history reaching back to the German revolution in , and still play an important role in the German economy and society.
There are smaller organizations, such as the CGB, which is a Christian-based confederation, that represent over 1. In India, the Trade Union movement is generally divided on political lines. According to provisional statistics from the Ministry of Labour, trade unions had a combined membership of 24,, in It led to a big push for more regulatory laws which gave workers a lot more power.
In addition to the protection of rights, SEWA educates, mobilizes, finances, and exalts their members' trades. These organizations are formed upon different political groups. These different groups allow different groups of people with different political views to join a Union. Labour unions emerged in Japan in the second half of the Meiji period as the country underwent a period of rapid industrialization.
Before the s, unions in Mexico had been historically part of a state institutional system. From until the s, worldwide spread of neo-liberalism through the Washington Consensus , the Mexican unions did not operate independently, but instead as part of a state institutional system, largely controlled by the ruling party. During these 40 years, the primary aim of the labour unions was not to benefit the workers, but to carry out the state's economic policy under their cosy relationship with the ruling party.
This economic policy, which peaked in the s and 60s with the so-called " Mexican Miracle ", saw rising incomes and improved standards of living but the primary beneficiaries were the wealthy.
In the s, Mexico began adhering to Washington Consensus policies, selling off state industries such as railroad and telecommunications to private industries. The new owners had an antagonistic attitude towards unions, which, accustomed to comfortable relationships with the state, were not prepared to fight back.
A movement of new unions began to emerge under a more independent model, while the former institutionalized unions had become very corrupt, violent, and led by gangsters. It controls school curriculums, and all teacher appointments. Fackföreningar have a long tradition in Scandinavian society. Beginning in the midth century, they today have a large impact on the nature of employment and workers' rights in many of the Nordic countries. One of the aims of IF Metall is to transform jobs into "good jobs", also called "developing jobs".
Today, the world's highest rates of union membership are in the Scandinavian countries. In , the percentage of workers belonging to a union labour union density was The considerably raised membership fees of Swedish union unemployment funds implemented by the new center-right government in January caused large drops in membership in both unemployment funds and trade unions. From to , union density declined by six percentage points: Moderate New Model Unions dominated the union movement from the midth century and where trade unionism was stronger than the political labour movement until the formation and growth of the Labour Party in the early years of the 20th century.
Trade unionism in the United Kingdom was a major factor in some of the economic crises during the s and the s, culminating in the " Winter of Discontent " of late and early , when a significant percentage of the nation's public sector workers went on strike.
By this stage, some 12,, workers in the United Kingdom were trade union members. However, the election of the Conservative Party led by Margaret Thatcher at the general election in May , at the expense of Labour's James Callaghan , saw substantial trade union reform which saw the level of strikes fall.
The level of trade union membership also fell sharply in the s, and continued falling for most of the s. In there were 6,, members in TUC-affiliated unions, down from a peak of 12,, in Trade union density was Labour unions are legally recognized as representatives of workers in many industries in the United States.
In the United States, trade unions were formed based on power with the people, not over the people like the government at the time. Larger unions also typically engage in lobbying activities and supporting endorsed candidates at the state and federal level.
Most unions in America are aligned with one of two larger umbrella organizations: Both advocate policies and legislation on behalf of workers in the United States and Canada, and take an active role in politics. In , the percentage of workers belonging to a union in the United States or total labour union "density" was Unions allege that employer-incited opposition has contributed to this decline in membership.
The most prominent unions are among public sector employees such as teachers, police and other non-managerial or non-executive federal, state, county and municipal employees.
Members of unions are disproportionately older, male and residents of the Northeast, the Midwest, and California. The economist Joseph Stiglitz has asserted that, "Strong unions have helped to reduce inequality, whereas weaker unions have made it easier for CEOs , sometimes working with market forces that they have helped shape, to increase it. These unions are often divided into " locals ", and united in national federations. These federations themselves will affiliate with Internationals , such as the International Trade Union Confederation.
However, in Japan, union organization is slightly different due to the presence of enterprise unions, i. These enterprise unions, however, join industry-wide federations which in turn are members of Rengo , the Japanese national trade union confederation.
In Western Europe , professional associations often carry out the functions of a trade union. In these cases, they may be negotiating for white-collar or professional workers, such as physicians, engineers or teachers. Typically such trade unions refrain from politics or pursue a more liberal politics than their blue-collar counterparts. A union may acquire the status of a " juristic person " an artificial legal entity , with a mandate to negotiate with employers for the workers it represents.
In such cases, unions have certain legal rights, most importantly the right to engage in collective bargaining with the employer or employers over wages, working hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.
The inability of the parties to reach an agreement may lead to industrial action , culminating in either strike action or management lockout , or binding arbitration. In extreme cases, violent or illegal activities may develop around these events. In other circumstances, unions may not have the legal right to represent workers, or the right may be in question.
This lack of status can range from non-recognition of a union to political or criminal prosecution of union activists and members, with many cases of violence and deaths having been recorded historically.
Unions may also engage in broader political or social struggle. Social Unionism encompasses many unions that use their organizational strength to advocate for social policies and legislation favourable to their members or to workers in general. As well, unions in some countries are closely aligned with political parties. Unions are also delineated by the service model and the organizing model. The service model union focuses more on maintaining worker rights, providing services, and resolving disputes.
Alternately, the organizing model typically involves full-time union organizers , who work by building up confidence, strong networks, and leaders within the workforce; and confrontational campaigns involving large numbers of union members. Many unions are a blend of these two philosophies, and the definitions of the models themselves are still debated.
In Britain, the perceived left-leaning nature of trade unions has resulted in the formation of a reactionary right-wing trade union called Solidarity which is supported by the far-right BNP. In Denmark, there are some newer apolitical "discount" unions who offer a very basic level of services, as opposed to the dominating Danish pattern of extensive services and organizing. In contrast, in several European countries e. Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland , religious unions have existed for decades.
These unions typically distanced themselves from some of the doctrines of orthodox Marxism , such as the preference of atheism and from rhetoric suggesting that employees' interests always are in conflict with those of employers. Some of these Christian unions have had some ties to centrist or conservative political movements and some do not regard strikes as acceptable political means for achieving employees' goals.
Although their political structure and autonomy varies widely, union leaderships are usually formed through democratic elections. In Britain, previous to this EU jurisprudence, a series of laws introduced during the s by Margaret Thatcher's government restricted closed and union shops. All agreements requiring a worker to join a union are now illegal. It was stressed that Denmark and Iceland were among a limited number of contracting states that continue to permit the conclusion of closed-shop agreements.
Union law varies from country to country, as does the function of unions. For example, German and Dutch unions have played a greater role in management decisions through participation in corporate boards and co-determination than have unions in the United States. Ricardo and others had suggested this earlier. This was taken as evidence against the universal doctrine of free trade, as it was believed that more of the economic surplus of trade would accrue to a country following reciprocal , rather than completely free, trade policies.
This was followed within a few years by the infant industry scenario developed by Mill promoting the theory that government had the duty to protect young industries, although only for a time necessary for them to develop full capacity. This became the policy in many countries attempting to industrialise and out-compete English exporters. Milton Friedman later continued this vein of thought, showing that in a few circumstances tariffs might be beneficial to the host country; but never for the world at large.
The Great Depression was a major economic recession that ran from to the late s. During this period, there was a great drop in trade and other economic indicators.
The lack of free trade was considered by many as a principal cause of the depression causing stagnation and inflation. Also during the war, in , 44 countries signed the Bretton Woods Agreement , intended to prevent national trade barriers, to avoid depressions. It set up rules and institutions to regulate the international political economy: These organisations became operational in after enough countries ratified the agreement.
In , 23 countries agreed to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade to promote free trade. The European Union became the world's largest exporter of manufactured goods and services, the biggest export market for around 80 countries. Today, trade is merely a subset within a complex system of companies which try to maximize their profits by offering products and services to the market which consists both of individuals and other companies at the lowest production cost.
A system of international trade has helped to develop the world economy but, in combination with bilateral or multilateral agreements to lower tariffs or to achieve free trade , has sometimes harmed third-world markets for local products.
Protectionism is the policy of restraining and discouraging trade between states and contrasts with the policy of free trade. This policy often takes of form of tariffs and restrictive quotas. Protectionist policies were particularly prevalent in the s, between the Great Depression and the onset of World War II. Islamic teachings encourage trading and condemn usury or interest. Judeao-Christian teachings prohibit fraud and dishonest measures, and historically also forbade the charging of interest on loans.
The first instances of money were objects with intrinsic value. This is called commodity money and includes any commonly available commodity that has intrinsic value; historical examples include pigs, rare seashells, whale's teeth, and often cattle.
In medieval Iraq, bread was used as an early form of money. In Mexico under Montezuma cocoa beans were money. Currency was introduced as a standardised money to facilitate a wider exchange of goods and services. This first stage of currency, where metals were used to represent stored value, and symbols to represent commodities, formed the basis of trade in the Fertile Crescent for over years. Numismatists have examples of coins from the earliest large-scale societies, although these were initially unmarked lumps of precious metal.
The Doha round of World Trade Organization negotiations aimed to lower barriers to trade around the world, with a focus on making trade fairer for developing countries.
Talks have been hung over a divide between the rich developed countries , represented by the G20 , and the major developing countries. Agricultural subsidies are the most significant issue upon which agreement has been hardest to negotiate. By contrast, there was much agreement on trade facilitation and capacity building.
The Doha round began in Doha , Qatar , and negotiations were continued in: In contrast to the previous Soviet -style centrally planned economy , the new measures progressively relaxed restrictions on farming, agricultural distribution and, several years later, urban enterprises and labor. The more market-oriented approach reduced inefficiencies and stimulated private investment, particularly by farmers, that led to increased productivity and output. One feature was the establishment of four later five Special Economic Zones located along the South-east coast.
The reforms proved spectacularly successful in terms of increased output, variety, quality, price and demand. In real terms, the economy doubled in size between and , doubled again by , and again by On a real per capita basis, doubling from the base took place in , and By , the economy was International trade progressed even more rapidly, doubling on average every 4.
Total two-way trade in January exceeded that for all of ; in the first quarter of , trade exceeded the full-year level. International trade is the exchange of goods and services across national borders. In most countries, it represents a significant part of GDP.
While international trade has been present throughout much of history see Silk Road, Amber Road , its economic, social, and political importance have increased in recent centuries, mainly because of Industrialization , advanced transportation, globalization , multinational corporations , and outsourcing.
Empirical evidence for the success of trade can be seen in the contrast between countries such as South Korea , which adopted a policy of export-oriented industrialization , and India, which historically had a more closed policy.
South Korea has done much better by economic criteria than India over the past fifty years, though its success also has to do with effective state institutions. Trade sanctions against a specific country are sometimes imposed, in order to punish that country for some action. An embargo , a severe form of externally imposed isolation, is a blockade of all trade by one country on another.
For example, the United States has had an embargo against Cuba for over 40 years. International trade, which is governed by the World Trade Organization , can be restricted by both tariff and non-tariff barriers. International trade is usually regulated by governmental quotas and restrictions, and often taxed by tariffs. Tariffs are usually on imports, but sometimes countries may impose export tariffs or subsidies. Non-tariff barriers include Sanitary and Phytosanitary rules, labeling requirements and food safety regulations.
All of these are called trade barriers. If a government removes all trade barriers, a condition of free trade exists. A government that implements a protectionist policy establishes trade barriers. There are usually few trade restrictions within countries although a common feature of many developing countries is police and other road blocks along main highways, that primarily exist to extract bribes.
The " fair trade " movement, also known as the "trade justice" movement, promotes the use of labour , environmental and social standards for the production of commodities , particularly those exported from the Third and Second Worlds to the First World.
Such ideas have also sparked a debate on whether trade itself should be codified as a human right. Importing firms voluntarily adhere to fair trade standards or governments may enforce them through a combination of employment and commercial law.
Proposed and practiced fair trade policies vary widely, ranging from the common prohibition of goods made using slave labour to minimum price support schemes such as those for coffee in the s. Non-governmental organizations also play a role in promoting fair trade standards by serving as independent monitors of compliance with labeling requirements. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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