By Peter Ackers, Alastair J. Reid (eds.)
This ebook poses an enormous revisionist problem to twentieth century British labour historical past, aiming to appear past the Marxist and Fabian exclusion of operating classification event, particularly faith and self-help, with the intention to exaggerate ‘labour circulate’ type harmony. rather than a ‘forward march’ to secular state-socialism, the examine provided this is dedicated to a wealthy range of social events and ideas. during this number of essays, the editors identify the liberal-pluralist culture, with the next chapters protecting 3 designated sections. half One, ‘Other sorts of organization’ covers matters equivalent to alternate unions, the Co-operative get together, women’s group activism and Protestant Nonconformity. half , ‘Other Leaders’, covers enterprise Edward Cadbury; Trades Union Congress chief Walter Citrine; and the electricians’ chief, Frank Chapple. half 3, ‘Other Intellectuals’, considers G.D.H. Cole, Michael younger and left libertarianism via Stuart White. Readers attracted to the British Labour circulation will locate this a useful resource.
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PART 1 Other Forms of Association CHAPTER 2 Trade Unions: Voluntary Associations and Individual Rights Richard Whiting Trade unions have been among the most important and distinctive organizations in British associational life in the modern period. For much of the twentieth century this status seemed secure. Trade unions were usually included in the lists of those organizations that, lying between the state and the individual, gave practical expression to the nature of citizenship. Governments accepted and supported them, both in their particular economic role but also as an important interest in the polity.
17. J. ), Modern Pluralism, pp. 21–39. For the ‘traditional whig’ roots of pluralism, see D. Runciman, Pluralism and the Personality of the State (Cambridge, 1997). 24. M. Stears, Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State. 40–59. 24 P. J. REID 25. Ackers, ‘Finding the future in the past? The social philosophy of Oxford industrial relations pluralism’, in K. 45–66. Clegg in particular disliked abstraction and valued national traditions: conservative traits. 26. 123–51. B. Jackson, ‘Corporatism and its discontents: pluralism, anti- pluralism and Anglo-American industrial relations, c.
However, as a matter of practical politics, debates about trade unions were often couched precisely in the conflict between the individual and the collective interest. These gathered pace in the 1960s. The focus was on trade unions as arenas of justice. Trade unions had significant disciplinary powers over their members and also little scrutiny from the state. The matter of providing internal means of appeal against union decisions was important not only for the individual member but also for the unions.