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148. What is a Trade Union? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

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148. What is a Trade Union? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

20 April 2022

CLICK HERE TO DONATE OR SUPPORT TO PODCAST!!!! - Earlier this month, employees at an Amazon warehouse in New York formed the company’s first official trade union in the US. This news hit headlines around the world, with activists, journalists, and business leaders all describing it as a significant event! But why? What is a trade union? What do unions do? Why did Amazon employees decide to form a union? And why did Amazon try so hard to stop them? Let’s talk about it on today’s episode of Thinking in English! TRANSCRIPT -- You may also like... Feminist Majo: Maintaining Advanced English, Feminism, and East Asia What is Sarcasm? 147. Does a Country Need an Army?  (English Vocabulary Lesson) 146. What is Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill? (English Vocabulary Lesson) INSTAGRAM - thinkinginenglishpodcast (  Blog - Vocabulary List Private sector (n) - businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government 60 percent of recent graduates are employed in the private sector Public Sector (n) - businesses and industries that are owned or controlled by the government Most doctors work in the public sector To unionise (v) - to organise workers to become members of a trade union They are about to try to unionise workers at major supermarkets Interest (n) - something that brings advantages to or affects someone or something A union looks after the interests of its members working conditions (n) - the environment in which someone works, including cleanliness, equipment, breaks, overtime pay, etc That company is infamous for terrible working conditions on behalf of (phrase) - in the interests of (person, group, etc); as a representative of I attended a meeting on behalf of my friends Negotiate (v) - to have formal discussions with someone in order to reach an agreement with them I managed to negotiate a pay increase with my boss profit margin (n) - the difference between the total cost of making and selling something and the price it is sold for Many small companies operate on narrow profit margins Contagious (adj) - if something is contagious it spreads quickly among people


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