professional union

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A trade union that represents professional workers. Examples in the UK include the specialist associations of doctors, teachers, nurses, midwives, probation officers, lecturers, and physiotherapists. Professional unions are often distinctive in aspiring to speak on behalf of client interests as well as representing their members, and they often campaign actively on behalf of the public services where their members tend to work. In some cases, they eschew the use of industrial action because this is seen as incompatible with professional commitment and responsibility to clients. [See job territory.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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