The Post-War Compromise: British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics, 1945-1964

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This multifaceted collection of essays, written from several disciplines, focuses on trade unionism in Britain in the 1950s. Scene-setting essays provide broad perspectives on trade union organizing and the general postwar industrial environment. Case studies consider specialized topics such as union relations with the Labour Party, international movement politics, productivity during the period, major strikes, and key groups of workers.

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Overview

This multifaceted collection of essays, written from several disciplines, focuses on trade unionism in Britain in the 1950s. Scene-setting essays provide broad perspectives on trade union organizing and the general postwar industrial environment. Case studies consider specialized topics such as union relations with the Labour Party, international movement politics, productivity during the period, major strikes, and key groups of workers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850366013
  • Publisher: Merlin Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Campbell is a reader in labor and social history at the University of Liverpool. He is the coauthor with John McIlroy, a professor of industrial relations at Keele University, of Party People, Communist Lives: Explorations in Biography. Nina Fishman is an honorary research professor in history at the University of Swansea and the coauthor of Opening the Books: Essays on the Social and Cultural History of British Communism.

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Table of Contents


List of Tables vii List of Abbreviations viii Contributors xiii Introduction to the Paperback Edition: Reflections on British Trade Unions and Industrial Politics John McIlroy xiv Preface to the 1999 Edition xli Introduction: Approaching Post-War Trade Unionism John McIlroy Alan Campbell Nina Fishman 1 Part 1 Overviews, 1945-79
1 The Role of Industrial Correspondents Geoffrey Goodman 23
2 Making Trade Unionists: the Politics of Pedagogy, 1945-79 John McIlroy 37 Part 2 Survey
3 The Post-War Compromise: Mapping Industrial Politics, 1945-64 Alan Campbell Nina Fishman John McIlroy 69 Part 3 Case Studies, 1945-64
4 'Shut Your Gob!': the Trade Unions and the Labour Party David Howell 117
5 The Trades Union Congress in the International Labour Movement Anthony Carew 145
6 Cold War Politics: Communism and Anti-Communism in the Trade Unions Richard Stevens 168
7 Social Democracy and Anti-Communism: Allan Flanders and British Industrial Relations in the Early Post-War Period John Kelly 192
8 The Shop Floor Politics of Productivity: Work, Power and Authority Relations in British Engineering, c.1945-57 Alan McKinlay Joseph Melling 222
9 'The Most Serious Crisis since 1926': the Engineering and Shipbuilding Strikes of 1957 Nina Fishman 242
10 'Spearhead of the Movement?' The 1958 London Busworkers' strike, the TUC and rank Cousins Nina Fishman 268
11 Democracy and Trade Unionism on the Docks Jim Phillips 293 Afterword Eric Hobsbawm 311 Index 317
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