Trade Unionism in Recession

Hardcover | March 1, 1994

EditorDuncan Gallie, Roger Penn, Michael Rose

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During the 1980's, British trade unionism confronted its greatest challenge, and suffered its greatest reverses, since the inter-war period. After a decade of rapid growth, the unions experienced a steep decline in membership, and a virtual marginalization in national political affairs. By1990, a united, self-confident, social movement as well as a powerful industrial bargainer, often seemed more closely akin to a demoralized collection of special interest groupings. This book addresses a number of fundamental questions raised by the record of these years. It examines the reasons for membership loss and the implications for trade union influence in the workplace. It looks at the steps the unions took in reaction to the membership problem and the difficultiesthey confronted doing so. It also looks at whether this period can be seen as making a fundamental break with the past, resulting in irretrievable loss by British trade unionism of its former important position in British society and the British workplace, or whether the past decade has been but atemporary recession and the future can still see revived movement.

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During the 1980's, British trade unionism confronted its greatest challenge, and suffered its greatest reverses, since the inter-war period. After a decade of rapid growth, the unions experienced a steep decline in membership, and a virtual marginalization in national political affairs. By1990, a united, self-confident, social moveme...

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During the 1980s, British trade unionism confronted its greatest challenge, and suffered its greatest reverses, since the inter-war period. After a decade of rapid growth, the unions experienced a steep decline in membership, and virtual marginalisation in national political affairs. By 1990 a previously united, self-confident social m...

Duncan Gallie is at Nuffield College, Oxford. Roger Penn is at University of Lancaster.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.09 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198279205

ISBN - 13:9780198279204

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`This study makes an important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of changing industrial relations on the ground.'Richard Hyman, Labour History Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, Winter 1996