Trade Unions

Trade Unions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... workmen, and by insuring the fulfilment of their contracts. In so far as a union succeeds in promoting the general and technical education of its members, and in raising their moral character and habits, the employers do undoubtedly gain some advantage, and it has been already shown that trade unions aim at these objects, and have to some extent attained them. It has, further, been seen that some unions impose penalties upon members who fail to fulfil their engagements with their employer, or who do bad work or injure his property, and even undertake to compensate the employer for loss thus incurred. It is also stated by the employed that the regulations laid down by their unions with regard to the conditions of employment are an advantage to the employers, since they tend to check the competition between employers in the same trade, and to protect the 'fair ' employer against his ' unfair ' rival. On the other hand, with regard to the influence they exercise over the relations of the workmen with their employers, the following objections have been made to trade unions: first, it is asserted that they tend to increase the friction between employers and employed, and in consequence to increase the frequency of strikes. This is said to be partly due to the action of professional agitators, whose object is to stir up strife in order to attach the workmen to the union and increase their own influence, and partly to the attempt to substitute the intervention of strangers, in the persons of trade union officials, for the direct personal intercourse which formerly existed between the head of a firm and his workmen. When the workpeople join a union they lose all feeling of community of interests between themselves and their employers, and are...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236898494
  • 9781236898494