4. What have trade unions ever achieved?



  • Most of the gains made in the workplace are because of unions. Generally, surveys show that union members are paid more on average than non-members, work in safer workplaces and are less likely to be dismissed.
  • Without the constant work of unions there would be no annual pay rise, nor preferential pension schemes, nor improvements in other terms and conditions.
  • Unions offer a voice at work, expert advice and information, and protection.