TRADE UNIONS

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Industrial negotiations- The major growth experienced by trade unions in Britain during 1970s could be attributed to periodical negotiations between the existing trade unions and the major manufacturing companies. These negotiations were geared towards better wages and good work place negotiations. In this regard, regulations in relation to civil authority, promotions, employee layoffs as well as procedures allowing employees to air their grievances were periodically negotiated with the employers (Maddison 1991: 214). In effect, these measures led to an increase in wages for the union employees; a fact that was very appealing to most employees.  Consequently, this lead to more employees joining the union with hopes that they also benefit from such union programs. Statistically, it is reported that union worker experienced a 2% annual wage increase and could earn 20% more than the non-union employees within the similar age bracket (Roger 2009: 102).  In addition, more non-union employees were greatly attracted to join unions due to massive social benefits programs like medical services, insurance and pension. Therefore it can be seen that with increase in trade union members, trade unions in Britain experienced positive growth.