From Louis Connor: Theme of the Month returns for April with a look at Trade Unionism in the UK. Trade Unions are traditionally thought of against an imagery of striking miners in the eighties, and certainly for the domain of old, or at least big, industries. But is there still a need for trade unions in our modern predominantly service-based economy? Or, is there an argument for the increase in prevalence, and power of trade unions to cover new but substantial working domains such as temporary work, or one representing the rights of interns? The trade union movement is certainly alive and well in the UK, but has it seen its day and is it now much more than a hinderance to modernisation and progress?

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