Facing Up to Thatcherism: The History of NALGO 1979-93

Hardcover | January 4, 2001

byRoger Seifert, Michael Ironside

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Throughout the 1980s Mrs Thatcher dominated political life in the UK and Thatcherism became the shorthand for a series of political initiatives all over the world. Most accounts of these years have concentrated on the economics of free markets and privatization. This book takes a differentstance through a detailed analysis of the responses of NALGO (The National and Local Government Officers Association) members, activists, leaders, and officials to the government's public sector reform and restructuring programme. Employees in health, local government, and education faced cuts in funding, compulsory competitive tendering, internal markets, and new management practices associated with HRM and TQM. Others in the gas, water, electricity, and transport industries faced wholesale privatization. This unique account of the period written from the evidence and perspective of those involved will be an important source for researchers, teachers, and practitioners in politics, industrial relations, public administration, and management concerned with the events and lessons of the 1980s.

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Throughout the 1980s Mrs Thatcher dominated political life in the UK and Thatcherism became the shorthand for a series of political initiatives all over the world. Most accounts of these years have concentrated on the economics of free markets and privatization. This book takes a differentstance through a detailed analysis of the respo...

Roger Seifert read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University before taking an M.Sc. in Economics and later a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics. He worked for Incomes Data Service before joining Keele University where he is now Professor of Industrial Relations. Mike Ironside read Mechanical...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:January 4, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240752

ISBN - 13:9780199240753

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Table of Contents

1. NALGO: What Kind of Trade Union?2. NALGO 1905 to 19783. The Advent of Thatcherism4. The Squeeze Tightens5. Thatcherites Versus the Trade Union Movement6. Privatization and the Retreat from National Bargaining7. Storms: Financial, Climatic, and Industrial8. Shake it All About: Into the 1990s9. NALGO's Last Year10. In UNISON

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`If you think this is just another self-congratulatory trade union history, wherein aged ex-activists celebrate their trade union careers, you are mistaken. This is a bit of a cracker ... This book is an appropriate testament to the roles played by oustanding trade unionists'Ivan Beavis, Morning Star, 9 May 2001