Workforce is one of the basic foundation-stones of every society - they are the people who pay taxes, produce goods and so on. Protecting their rights has been an important concept in many countries, and trade unions have become crucial in negotiating better conditions for the working men and women. The global economical hardships have forced many employers to cut expenses, often on the account of the every-day worker. Trade unions have responded with protests and strikes, and experts believe that - while these organizations had lost some of their influence during the last decades - it can be expected that the working people will mobilize again to protect themselves from massive lay-offs and labor law violations. In order to find out more about the labor movement and trade unions - read this book.