There are two related reasons for choosing to examine technical workers within an aircraft company. Firstly, technical workers, together with clerical and managerial staff, are more heavily concentrated in aerospace than in most other major engineering sectors. Secondly, where technical and manual workers are employed in roughly equal concentrations, one is better able to assess the moves toward trade union unity across the manual/white-collar divide. In such situations the importance, if not necessity, of unity between the various sectors of labour is raised, especially in relation to company-wide issues like redundancies, productivity deals, and government pay policies.
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