Paying for the Piper: Capital and Labour in Britain's Offshore Oil Industry

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Investigates the crisis of industrial relations which followed the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster, the world's worst offshore accident. Appraises the current offshore safety regulatory regime instituted after the disaster, and examines the oil industry's attempts to contain further regulatory interference. Details the history of trade unionism in the industry and strategies of employers to sustain a union-free environment. Concludes that offshore safety is little or not at all improved. For scholars interested in industrial relations. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures and Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Oil, Imperialism and the British State: The Origins of the Crisis 3
2 Problems of Union Mobilization Offshore: The 1970s and 1980s 44
3 Prelude to Action 133
4 The Summer of Discontent 177
5 Lord Cullen's Report 237
6 A 'Profound Change of Culture' 301
7 The Strategy of Containment 328
8 Paying for the Piper? 367
9 Striking Out: Setting a New Agenda 437
10 The Future of Offshore Trade Unionism 477
11 The Restructuring of Britain's Offshore Oil and Gas Industry 526
12 Conclusion: An Unsafe Future 544
Postscript 564
Afterword 569
Bibliography 571
Index 588
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