trade union (also trades union, union) noun

ADJ. free, independent, official, public sector, recognized, registered | militant, strong | local, national | electricians', teachers', etc.

VERB + TRADE UNION form, set up | dissolve | join | belong to | ban

TRADE UNION + VERB be affiliated to sth | represent sb/sth The union represents 40% of all hospital workers. | negotiate (sth) The nurses' union negotiated a 3% pay rise. | accept sth, agree (to sth) | refuse sth, reject sth, threaten sth The union threatened strike action if its demands were not met. | claim sth, express sth Several unions expressed support for the strike. | support sb/sth

TRADE UNION + NOUN confederation, federation, movement, organization | affiliation | action, activism, activity, militancy, power | rights | activist, leader, member/membership, official, representative | law > Note at ORGANIZATION