With Trade Unions apparently no longer strong enough to protect their members there is only the government to see to it that fairplay is maintained in wages for working people. The present government don't seem inclined to do so and therefore it is the general working public who have to suffer lower wages.
I can imagine some of your reactions to this as "the unions bought it on themselves or they were being paid too much to start with". That may well be so but who protects the worker when the government can't or won't.
When or if we are excluded from working in the united kingdom and are required to return to europe. There will be a skills and labour shortage here. That should increase wages and conditions for British workers.
A modern company with a proper HR department can do as much if not more than a union currently for workers.
I've worked in union jobs and non-union and to be honest haven't seen a difference in pay, quality of equipment on the job, or job security.
My current job isn't a union one, there was a union job that I was interviewed for. However the pay was just above minimum wage and once Union Dues were included my take home pay was pretty much minimum.
The HR department makes sure things are fair, handles salary increases and handles any conflict, disagreement or other issues.
"A modern company with a proper HR department can do as much if not more than a union currently for workers."
These will be the ones that employ people on zero hours contracts that are expected to drop everything to attend work on unplanned short notice, sent home several hours earlier than expected and don't accrue any holiday pay will they...?
When I left school 46 years ago, I could easily get a loan for a car, a mortgage etc, because I had job security. I could plan holidays because I had job security. I could think about a confident financial future because I had job security.
Too many today can't commit to anything beyond a week away.