High Tide of British Unionism, The

Trade Unions and Industrial Politics, 1964-79

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The years 1964–79 constitute an exciting, turbulent period in labour history: a period, when the Transport Workers’ leader, Jack Jones, appeared to be more powerful than the Prime Minister, with unions running the country into the ground and the ‘Winter of Discontent’ paving the way for Thatcherism. Individual essays chart the position of men and women in work, assess the impact of immigration and map industrial politics. Case studies open up other fields: unions’ relations with the Labour Party, media coverage, TU education, the Cold War and the diverse political forces from Labourism to Trotskyism forging industrial relations. This path-breaking analysis provides an excellent guide to the trade unionism and militancy of the 1960s and 1970s. Contents: New Preface (2007); Preface to first edition; Introduction; approaching post-war trade unionism; Part One: Overviews, 1945–79: Sociology, class and male manual work cultures; Women in the labour market and in the unions; Complex encounters: TUs, immigration and racism; Part Two: Survey: The high tide of trade unionism: mapping industrial politics, 1964–79; Part Three: Case Studies, 1964–79: The Labour Party and the TUs; The Conservative Party and the TUs; 'What are we here for?': George Woodcock and TU reform; Notes on the Communist Party and industrial politics; 'Always outnumbered, always outgunned': the Trotskyists and the TUs; How workers on the Clyde gained the capacity for class struggle: the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in, 1971–72; 'Glorious Summer', 1972: the high tide of rank and file militancy; Afterword: What went wrong?; Index. 19 tables, 408 pages

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850366020
ISBN10 085036602X
Binding Paperback
Date Published 19 Dec 2007
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 408
Publisher Merlin Press

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