Step by Step Reform: An Outline of the Process
The process had to be step by step, with the next step only being taken when the previous one had proved its worth.
Apart from the first step, the policy was to be pragmatic It had to be worked out in the context of prevailing needs and circumstances.
- 3The distinction between Labour and Conservative policies should be emphasised. This was spelt out in a key paragraph of the 1979 Conservative Manifesto:
Labour claim that industrial relations in Britain cannot be improved by changing the law. We disagree. If the law can be used to confer privileges, it can and should also be used to establish obligations. We cannot allow a repetition of the behaviour that we saw outside too many of our factories and hospitals last winter.
The first step, which would be precisely in line with the Manifesto commitment, would be given the highest priority in the legislative programme.
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- The main sources for this chapter are the Acts themselves and the various Guides published by the Department of Employment.Google Scholar