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What is a trade union?

Trade unions are independent, democratic organisations aimed at representing the interests of people at work and negotiating with employers for better terms and conditions for their members. A trade union is an organised group of workers. Its main goal is to protect and advance the interests of its members. A trade union often negotiates agreements with employers on pay and conditions. It may also provide legal and financial advice, sickness benefits and education facilities to its members.

What do trade unions do?

Among the main services a trade union provides to its members are:

  • Negotiation
  • Representation on individual matters
  • Information and advice
  • Education and training
  • Member services
  • Legal assistance

Providing the best range of benefits and services for our members and their families

What happens if I fall seriously ill? Can I have my income maintained? How do I cope with a serious accident? Have I any support in times of legal difficulty? Most of us have to be concerned not just about ourselves, but about how our families are to be provided for in the event of an illness or financial crisis. Everybody knows the benefit of being a CWU member for protection against injustice at work, maintaining pay and conditions, protecting employment and lobbying government on behalf of our industry. However, you may not realise that the CWU provides many other social, legal and welfare services for its members. We have negotiated some excellent preferential insurance rates through Halligan Insurances and we continually look at how to improve our services for members.