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Description - The High Tide of British Trade Unionism? by John McIlroy

The years 1964a??79 constitute an exciting, turbulent period in labour history and the high tide of trade unionism in twentieth-century Britain. Popular mythology and contemporary political, and even academic discourse remembers Transport Workersa?? leader, Jack Jones, as more powerful than the Prime Minister and the unions running the country into the ground, until the explosion of the Winter of Discontent which paved the way for Thatcherism. Individual essays chart the position of men and women in work, assess the impact of immigration and map industrial politics. Case studies open up other fields: unionsa?? relations with the Labour Party, media coverage, union education, the Cold War and the diverse political forces from Labourism to Trotskyism forging industrial relations. This path-breaking analysis provides an excellent guide to the trade unionism and militancy of the 1960s and 1970s. Contents: New Preface (2007); Preface to first edition; Introduction; approaching post-war trade unionism, John McIlroy, Alan Campbell, Nina Fishman; Part One: Overviews, 1945a??7 9: Sociology, class and male manual work cultures, Mike Savage; Women in the labour market and in the unions, Chris Wrigley; Complex encounters: trade unions, immigration and racism, Ken Lunn; Part Two: Survey: The high tide of trade unionism: mapping industrial politics, 1964a??79, John McIlroy and Alan Campbell; Part Three: Case Studies, 1964a??79: The Labour Party and the trade unions, Andrew Thorpe; The Conservative Party and the trade unions, Andrew Taylor; 'What are we here for?': George Woodcock and trade union reform, Robert Taylor; Notes on the Communist Party and industrial politics, John McIlroy; 'Always outnumbered, always outgunned': the Trotskyists and the trade unions, John McIlroy; How workers on the Clyde gained the capacity for class struggle: the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in, 1971a??72, John Foster and Charles Woolfson; 'Glorious Summer', 1972: the high tide of rank and file militancy, Dave Lyddon; Afterword: What went wrong? Richard Hyman; Index.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780850366020
ISBN-10: 085036602X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 436
Imprint: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John McIlroy

John McIlroy is a professor of industrial relations at Keele University. Nina Fishman is the honorary research professor in history at the University of Swansea and is the author of "Opening the Books: Essays on the Social and Cultural History of British Communism." Alan Campbell is an instructor at the University of Liverpool. Campbell and McIlroy are coauthors of "Party People."

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