The First Phase of Productivity Bargaining: 1960–6

  • R. B. McKersie
  • L. C. Hunter


We have already indicated that productivity bargaining was a phenomenon of the 1960s and one which flourished greatly in the second half of that period. In this and the next chapter we will investigate in some detail two separate periods, 1960–6 and 1967–70, in which marked differences in productivity bargaining experience are found. The full reasons for this separation will emerge as we proceed but the critical line of demarcation is taken to be the prices and incomes standstill imposed by the Labour Government in the latter half of 1966, after which the influence of a prolonged period of strictly administered prices and incomes policy served to generate a virtual explosion of productivity bargaining. Whereas there was a fairly ‘natural’ development of productivity bargaining until the middle of 1966, the new situation ushered in by a period of hard incomes policy gave rise to significant changes in the scale of productivity bargaining, generated as a more ‘artificial’ response to that policy.


Collective Bargaining Electricity Supply Local Labour Market Demonstration Effect Royal Commission 
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  1. 6.
    Cf. R. S. Edwards and R. D. V. Roberts, Status, Productivity and Pay: A Major Experiment (London: Macmillan, 1971) chapter 6.Google Scholar
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    E. G. Whybrew, Overtime Working in Britain, Royal Commission Research Paper No. 9 (London: H.M.S.O., 1968) 15.Google Scholar
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    See N.B.P.I., Report No. 123, Productivity Agreements, Cmnd 4136 (London: H.M.S.O., 1969).Google Scholar

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© R. B. McKersie and L. C. Hunter 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. B. McKersie
    • 1
  • L. C. Hunter
    • 2
  1. 1.New York State School of Industrial and Labor RelationsCornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of GlasgowUK

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