The period between 1926 and 1931 had been one of reorientation for the T.U.C. Most of the radical proposals for internal change in the trade-union movement had been quietly dropped, so that increasingly their only advocates were found upon the extreme Left. Advocacy of massive co-ordinated industrial action and revolution became virtually synonymous, and the General Council set its face against both. Instead of proposing structural reform and a transfer of power to the centre, the General Council had sought to extend its influence in the movement by giving a more realistic definition of policy objectives, and in its handling of the economic problems of the day it certainly acquired a new sophistication and maturity. Undoubtedly the influence of Bevin and Citrine was decisive in this respect, although the part played by Arthur Pugh, and by Milne-Bailey as head of the Research Department, should not be overlooked.
KeywordsTrade Union Short History Structural Reform Labour Movement Public Ownership
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