4 Trade unions and trade associations – information and support
In this section you have considered the crucial part played by professional bodies, as well as national and local government, in setting the context within which people are employed and earn their living. These are very important agencies that in different ways plan and regulate how the economy functions. They also oversee the role of business and other organisations within this, and the working conditions that affect the lives of individuals, allowing them to progress and develop.
There are other bodies that also play their part in this overall process. It is important for you to know about these, even though their impact on your life may be less obvious than the ones you have considered so far. These are trade unions and trade associations, which you will look at in turn.