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trade union

noun [C]     UK (UK also trades union, US labor union)
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 the TUCIndustrial relations trade unionism     /-ɪ.zəm/ noun [U] Industrial relations trade unionist     /ˌtreɪdˈjuː.ni.ən.ɪst/ noun [C] Industrial relations
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