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Government Control of Work

  • Guy Harkin

Abstract

There are, I think, three types of reason which lie behind government attempts to control aspects of the employer/employee relationship; governments seek to set minimum standards, to minimise industrial conflict and to regulate the economic outcome of collective bargaining. In the first three sections of this paper I will examine in some detail each of these motivating factors which have produced government intervention. In the final section I will try to map out the future of government intervention and to draw some conclusions about the impact this intervention will have upon the long-term pattern of British industrial relations.

Keywords

Trade Union Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Royal Commission Income Policy 
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Notes

  1. 2.
    Vic Feather, The Essence of Trade Unionism (Bodley Head, 1963) p. 68.Google Scholar
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    Allan Flanders, Industrial Relations: What is wrong With the System? (Faber, 1965) p. 24.Google Scholar
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    A.N.J. Blain and John Gennard, ‘Industrial Relations Theory-A Critical Review’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. vii, no. 3 (1970) p. 395.Google Scholar
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    W.E.J. McCarthy and N. D. Ellis, Management by Agreement, An Alternative to the Industrial Relations Act (Hutchinson, 1973).Google Scholar
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    G. D. N. Worswick and P. H. Ady (eds), The British Economy in the 1950’s (Clarendon Press, 1962 ) p. 504.Google Scholar
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    Lord Birkenhead, Walter Monckton (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969) p. 288.Google Scholar
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    J. H. Goldthorpe, ‘Social Inequality and Social Integration’, in Poverty, Inequality and Class Structure, ed. Dorothy Wedderburn (Cambridge University Press, 1974 ) p. 225.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1979

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  • Guy Harkin

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