Definition of trade unionist in English:

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trade unionist

(British also trades unionist)


A member of a trade union or an advocate of trade unionism.
Example sentences
  • He had made his name as a militant trade unionist and prominent member of the SPD, which he had joined in 1903 in Hamburg.
  • I am a trade unionist in the Natfhe lecturers' union and have been a reader of Socialist Worker for over 30 years.
  • Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist.


trade unionism

Example sentences
  • It is a triumph for militant trade unionism, picketing and solidarity - all the traditions that we are told are outdated.
  • I do understand the importance of trade unions and trade unionism.
  • It also led in post-war times to a model of trade unionism marked by numerous unions in the same workplace with demarcation disputes and attempts to outmanoeuvre each other for members.
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