The main aim of a trade union is to help negotiate about work issues that may occur with any members. Once there is a recognised trade union in an organisation the negotiations they have with the employer are commonly known as collective bargaining and the types of negotiations are to be connected with terms and conditions of employment.
Together employers and trade unions will collectively agree on how they will work together:
- Represent an individual or a group of workers in the negotiations
- Identify which employees will be included the bargaining unit
- Identify how it will work if there are more than one trade unions recongnised
- How failure to agree will be resolved
- Establish which issues will be discussed including terms and conditions
- Establish how often meetings will take place
This will comes in handy where there has been a collective agreement in the workplace this can cover both union members and non-union members to negotiate on your behalf i.e. such as a pay increase. This group that has made this agreement is known as the bargaining unit.