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Labour Relations



Important Vocabulary


  • Collective bargaining: Negotiations between unions and employees about their member's wages and working conditions
  • A strike: A stoppage of work, as a protest against working conditions, low pay, and so on
  • A go-slow or slowdown: A deliberate reduction in the rate of production, as a protest
  • Working-to-rule: Deliberately obeying every regulation in an organization, which severely disrupts normal operations
  • Industrial action: A general term for strikes, go-slows, work-to-rules, and so on
  • To picket: To protest outside a factory or other workplace, and try to persuade workers and delivery drivers not to enter

  • Manual workers: People who work with their hands
  • Trade union: A union for workers with a particular type of job
  • Consult: To ask someone's opinion before making a decision
  • Adversary: An opponent or enemy
  • Uneconomic: Too expensive, wasteful, loss-making
  • Tyranny: Unlimited and unfairly used power
  • Deregulation: Ending or relaxing restrictive laws
  • The public sector: Areas of the economy run by the local or national government
  • Confrontational: Hostile, almost aggressive, seeking conflicts
  • Conglomerate: A large corporation, made up of a group of companies






Completing the Sentences With Given Words


[ dynamic | employees | employers | partner | peace | represented | role | sensible | team-working | voice ]

  1. Unions are a necessary voice for the interests of workers.

  2. In countries like South Korea, or Poland, or South Africa, trade unions have played an enormous dynamic political and economic role.

  3. As long as employees have needs that need to be represented they'll need trade unions.

  4. Team-working employers, that want effective social peace and want also a sensible and dynamic economy, should be encouraging trade unions.

  5. In some of the most successful economies, a strong trade union presence is recognized by employers and accepted as a partner by the government.


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Extracted From:

MacKenzie, I. (2002). English for Business Studies: A course for Business Studies and Economics students (Second). Cambridge University Press.



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