Quick Question: I have looked at both separately but can't find a clear answer that compares them side by side and clarifies what the actual difference is. There seems to be a large overlap between the two.
Trade Unions appear to be modern 19th century onwards. A result of the Industrial Revolution.
Trade Guilds appear to be more ancient, featuring prominently in the Middle Ages and nearly all magical based storylines.
Is there an actual difference? Can you have a Trade Union in a mediaval setting? What would be different to the standard Middle Ages Guild Tropes?
I know we still have some guilds, or remnants of them. So there does seem to be a difference, of some sort. But I can't figure it out clearly. Or is it mostly semantics, and not letting go of the past?
Note: I'm trying to figure out what my trade unions/guilds has the power to do/organise etc, but I keep getting confused in my history readings. Can I apply modern day trade union tactics/methods in a trade guild? Or do I need to focus on Guild-type History only?