Illegal matters that would be contrary to a law are prohibited, such as closed shops (when an employer hires only members of a union) or illegal discrimination. The labour and employment legislation adopted by the Finnish parliament lays the foundations for collective agreements. As minimum wages are not set by Finnish labour and employment legislation, workers` wages are based on collective agreements negotiated by trade unions. In Finland, collective agreements are of general application. This means that a collective agreement in an industry becomes a general legal minimum for an individual`s employment contract, whether or not he or she is unionized. For this condition to apply, half of the workers in this sector must be unionized and therefore support the agreement. In addition, there are generally binding collective agreements. These important agreements also bind disorganized employers and workers who work for them. Collective agreements in Germany are legally binding, which is accepted by the public, and this is not a cause for concern.  [Failed verification] While in the United Kingdom there was (and probably still is) an « she and us » attitude in labour relations, the situation is very different in post-war Germany and in some other northern European countries. In Germany, the spirit of cooperation between the social partners is much greater. For more than 50 years, German workers have been represented by law on boards of directors. Together, management and workers are considered « social partners. »  The goal of all union efforts is for your employees to earn the right to negotiate a collective agreement with your employer. British law reflects the historically contradictory nature of labour relations in the United Kingdom. In addition, workers are concerned that the union, if it were to file a collective agreement infringement action, would be bankrupted, which would allow workers to remain in collective bargaining without representation. This unfortunate situation can change slowly, including due to EU influences.