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The Employer's Handbook 2014-15, 10th Edition by Barry Cushway

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Working with Trade Unions

The majority of small and medium-sized businesses in the United Kingdom do not have trade unions and this chapter will not therefore apply to them. However, where trade unions do exist, and particularly where they are recognized by the employer, they do make a difference to the way in which the company is run.

The degree of difference between an organization with a union or unions and one without depends on the attitude of management and whether or not there is union recognition. The key difference in a company where unions are recognized is that changes to terms and conditions of employment, and perhaps to working methods and arrangements, will be discussed and negotiated collectively with those unions, rather than ...

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