Government Involvement in Industrial Relations
The economic and industrial relations policies of the various political parties and pressure groups have their roots in the history of the British industrial revolution. Until 1824 it was illegal for workers even to combine for collective action against their employers. Then, after half a century of development of trade unions, picketing became legal in 1871 but until 1906 it was largely ineffective because the employer could sue a trade union for any loss or damage he suffered as a result of a strike.
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Notes and References
- 1.Lord Donovan, Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers Associations 1965–68, Report. Cmnd 3623 (London: HMSO,1968).Google Scholar
- 2.Draft White Paper, In Place of Strife. Cmnd 3888 (London: HMSO, 1969).Google Scholar
- 3.For a fuller analysis of background, operation and failure of the Industrial Relations Act see Eric Wigham, Strikes and the Government, 1893–1974, ( London: Macmillan, 1976 );Google Scholar
- 3.A. W. J. Thomson and S. R. Engleman, The Industrial Relations Act ( London: Martin Robertson, 1975 ).Google Scholar
- 3.Richard Clutterbuck, Britain in Agony ( London: Penguin, 1980 ).Google Scholar