British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics: The Post-War Compromise, 1945-64

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The first of two volumes focusing on the politics of British trade unionism since World War II, considering not only the movement's relations with the state but also factionalism, the dynamics of industrial struggle, and the allegiances of union activists. Historians, scholars of politics and industrial relations, and others present 11 studies, many from a September 1997 conference in Warwick augmented with commissioned essays, include overviews, a survey, and case studies. The second volume is subtitled The High Tide of Trade Unionism, 1940-1979. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754600176
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Studies in Labour History
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface vii
List of Tables viii
List of Abbreviations ix
Contributors xiii
Preface xv
Introduction: Approaching Post-War Trade Unionism 1
Part 1 Overviews, 1945-79
1 The Role of Industrial Correspondents 23
2 Making Trade Unionists: the Politics of Pedagogy, 1945-79 37
Part 2 Survey
3 The Post-War Compromise: Mapping Industrial Politics, 1945-64 69
Part 3 Case Studies, 1945-64
4 'Shut Your Gob!': the Trade Unions and the Labour Party 117
5 The Trades Union Congress in the International Labour Movement 145
6 Cold War Politics: Communism and Anti-Communism in the Trade Unions 168
7 Social Democracy and Anti-Communism: Allan Flanders and British Industrial Relations in the Early Post-War Period 192
8 The Shop Floor Politics of Productivity: Work, Power and Authority Relations in British Engineering, c. 1945-57 222
9 'The Most Serious Crisis Since 1926': the Engineering and Shipbuilding Strikes of 1957 242
10 'Spearhead of the Movement'? the 1958 London Busworkers' Strike, the TUC and Frank Cousins 268
11 Democracy and Trade Unionism on the Docks 293
Afterword 311
Index 317
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