Trade unions need greater research capacity.The trade union movement nationally and internationally requires greater research capacity to advance trade union and worker goals. In a report on her attendance at the Trade Union Research in Asia and the Pacific workshop in Singapore, NZNO NZNO New Zealand Nurses Organisation policy analyst Eileen Brown said a strong research capacity enabled trade unions to:
* be watchdogs on economic and social issues;
* protect and promote the rights of workers;
* undertake and participate more fully in social dialogue;
* provide policy alternatives, and
* raise the tiring tir·ing
See cerclage. standards of the workforce through collective bargaining collective bargaining, in labor relations, procedure whereby an employer or employers agree to discuss the conditions of work by bargaining with representatives of the employees, usually a labor union. .
The development of a research network among unions would boost collective research capacity.
Developed countries needed to support those Asian and Pacific countries which had less research capacity. Eleven countries were represented at the workshop, which was hosted by the International Council of Free Trade Unions' Asia and Pacific Regional Office. Brown gave a presentation focusing on how the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) is a national trade union center in New Zealand. The NZCTU represents 300,000 workers, and is the largest trade union organization in the country. and New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. unions had developed a social participation agenda. She presented examples of worker participation structures, including workplace health and safety committees.