Study Cards on union, equivalent, shop
What is a job centre? Dutch equivalent?
It is a place where you can look for a job. It is run as a government service. The Dutch equivalent is : het UWV
‘………………certain organizations of professional workers, such as the National Union of Teachers (NUT), have never belonged to the Trades Union Congress’. What are professional workers?
What is a political levy
It is a small part of the union membership subscription that union members pay to the party their union belongs to. (in many cases this is the Labour Party).
When where the unions powerfull and when did they start to lose it.
before the eighties they had much power but Thatcher put an end to that power with certain restrictions
Who is Arthur Scargill
He was the union leader of the e miners in 1984 during the great mine strike. He refused to following the new rules Thatcher had imposed. He still famous for it.
What are Oftel and Ofwat examples of?
They are examples of government bodies set up to regulate water and telecommunication companies in England and Wales to protect the interests of their consumers. They are so called 'watchdog organisations' with regulatory powers over the sector they monitor.
What is a 'closed shop'
It was an example of the power of the unions, by which employers had agreed to hire only people who belonged to a union.
What is meant by 'the old lady of Threadneedle Street'?
It is the nickname of the bank of England, the institution which controles the supply of money in Britain and which decides on the official interest rate.
Explain what articles are sold in a typical 'corner shop'. What about the origin of many owners?
The corner shop is a shop by itself in a residential area. They sell various kinds of food, but they are not general grocers. Their main business is newspapers, magazines, sweets and tobacco products. It is also from them that most 'paper rounds' are organised. Many owners of these shops are Asians.
Mention the names of some well-known supermarket chains and departement stores.
Well-known supermarket chains are: Sainsbury's , Tesco, Waitrose. Well-known department stores: Marks & Spencer, Woolworths. Well-known chemists: Boots and Superdrug. W.H. Smith is a large newsagent.
What is the wealth gap
that is the gap between the rich and the poor. During the conservative reign the rich have become richer and the poor have not; the number of people who are average is decreasing. the distribution of wealth used to be very fair in UK but now it has one of the most inequitable in the EU.
Why is the UK still popular with big ivestors
This mainly because Britain has a conservative, trustworthy reputation and they are also known for their stability and discretion. It can be found in the City.
What is the British currency
a Pound (= 100 pence) ;
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