You must be asking yourself, “Should I join a union?” Imagine, just for a moment, a union member. What do they look like? What job do they do? What type of person are they?
You could ask those questions while looking in a mirror. Union members look like you, they do exactly the type of job that you do, and they’re probably like you. They want to be able to live in a place that is secure, with enough food to eat, and time to spend doing the things that they enjoy.
A trade union is a term for a group of individuals. Those individuals are linked together as they work for the same company. They are a diverse group of individuals from all ages, races with a plethora of hopes and beliefs.
To ensure that their employer treats them fairly and well, the employees join a trade union. Workers’ group, as soon as they are union members, have a power. Together, their voice is louder than the voice of any one individual. The employer may not feel the need to listen if one person goes to their supervisor to say that they are concerned about the safety of work practices. If all of the workers demand safer work practices, the employer will pay attention.
As part of this union, members can access expert advice on employment law and best practice. In certain circumstances, union members can get counsel, should the need arise, to assist with employment matters.
Scientists have devoted a lot of time and effort to study “why do employees choose to join a union.” They’ve failed to report a list of reasons that apply to all efforts.
Nonetheless, there is a general agreement among the labor experts that certain issues are likely to result in an organizing drive by employees Major ones among them are the following:
Employees need to have a sense of job security and would like to be sure that management will not make unfair and arbitrary decisions about their employment. They look unions to make certain that their tasks are duly protected against lay offs, recall, promotion, etc..
Wages and Benefits
Employees work for livelihood, i.e., bread-and-butter. Obviously, issues of employees are always important issues in their unionization. The employees may believe the union, with its combined strength, will ensure fair wages at par with those of employees in the area, benefits such as medical facility, pensions, paid sick leave, vacations and holidays for them.
Employees like to work in a healthy and secure environment. Although there are statutory provisions for providing employees a safe work environment employees still feel secure knowing that trade union is involved in safety and health issues relating to them.
Fair and Just Supervision
These days are long gone when managers/leaders could rule workers with an iron fist. Thanks to the trade unions that brought about shift or a change in leadership styles to democratic, or state, people, oriented to make certain that the managers treat their employees fairly, justly, and respectfully. Employees can only be disciplined for “just cause.” In the event of mistreatment from the employer, the worker may file a grievance against the employer.
The complaint will be heard and resolved through a formal grievance process involving collective discussion by both union and management representatives.
Employees separately often feel voiceless or powerless to bring about changes that will benefit them’. But, it is the union that provides them a collective voice to convey frustration and their dissatisfaction. This is based on labor doctrine ‘unity is the strength”.
Need to Belong
Man is a social creature. Hence, need to belong is strong in both his personal and work lives. The marriage, from this point of view, provides a mechanism for bringing people together not just to promote common job-related interests but also to organize programs, functions, and social events from time to time, to create a strong bond among the union members’.
The primary reason that people join is for individual representation, should they ever want it. Someone may feel isolated, anxious and lonely when things go wrong at work. They will always have access to support. Union membership is the closest thing to ‘job insurance’ that we have.
Trade union members pay a subscription to join. That money goes towards:
- Professional representation, when required, from TU Officials
- Training for workplace representatives
- Support from lawyers
Among many, many other things!
Regardless of what you may hear from the media, employees don’t join unions to:
- Cause trouble
- Get out of working
- Go on strike
Look in the mirror. Union members are just like you. Individuals who join unions care about their jobs and they care about their lives.