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English definition of “trade union”

trade union

noun [C] uk   UK (UK also trades union, US labor union) us  
an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry, protects their rights, and discusses their pay and working conditions with employers: The government's proposals have been strongly criticized by the trade unions. The rally was organized by local trade union officials.
See also
Industrial relations
trade unionism
noun [U] uk   /-ɪ.zəm/ us  
Industrial relations
trade unionist
noun [C] uk   /ˌtreɪdˈjuː.ni.ən.ɪst/ us  
Industrial relations
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