Power with Responsibility, 1939–51

  • Henry Pelling


The years from 1940 to 1951 saw the trade-union movement undertaking responsibilities greater than ever before — for the first half of the period in the wartime Coalition led by Winston Churchill, and thereafter in the postwar Labour government of Clement Attlee. But this era of deep involvement in the processes of government was prefaced by the eight months of the ‘phoney war’, when the National Government under Chamberlain prepared somewhat ineffectively for the necessities of the total struggle which was forced upon the country.


Trade Union Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Labour Party General Council 
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© Henry Pelling 1976

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