trade union


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trade unionism noun
trade unionist noun

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The German apprenticeship system, a relic of medieval guilds and tightly regulated by the German government and trade unions, is designed to offer such alternatives. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Looking for an Alternative to College? U.S. Studies German Apprenticeships," 29 Dec. 2018 Late December and early January strikes had been postponed while the trade unions involved—the GMB and Public and Commercial Services (PCS)—tried to negotiate with the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beefeaters Continue to Strike at the Tower of London," 22 Jan. 2019 In Spain, the trade union organization CCOO told the Associated Press that 90 percent of workers at a warehouse near Madrid staged a walkout on Friday and Saturday, leaving only two people to man the loading dock. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon workers in Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK staged mass walkouts, protesting poor conditions and low wages.," 27 Nov. 2018 At the time, labor movements around the world were campaigning for safeguards such as eight-hour workdays and trade unions. Sheena Mckenzie And Sarah Tilotta, CNN, "May Day protesters demand better rights for workers," 1 May 2018 One upside to the Brexit distraction is the U.K.’s civil service hasn’t been flooded with new policy ideas by zealous ministers, says Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA, a trade union that represents civil servants. Max Colchester, WSJ, "In the U.K., Endless Brexit Squabbles Are Snarling Everything Else," 5 Nov. 2018 Holding banners and chanting slogans decrying the hardship besetting blue-collar Turkish Cypriots, protesters ended a march organized by a coalition of trade unions near the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north's parliament to voice their disgruntlement. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Turkish Cypriots protest price hikes from Turkish lira woes," 6 Sep. 2018 The Trump administration says its tariffs are a response to China’s practices that stack the odds against American business—a perception that has festered for years in U.S. trade unions and more recently is taking hold in corporate suites. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Tensions on Display at Shanghai Expo," 7 Nov. 2018 Profound changes in political culture since the 1980s have helped, in particular the weakening of the once-powerful trade unions. The Economist, "Britain’s outsourcing model, copied around the world, is in trouble," 28 June 2018

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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