Trade Unions, Workers and the Law

  • Henry Pelling


Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law’, wrote Oliver Goldsmith; and his opinion could fairly be said still to represent the position in England in the Victorian era. The laws of the country were made by a Parliament of property owners, and the courts were controlled by men of the same class. The ordinary wage-earner could only hope that it would be his good fortune to avoid any entanglement with them.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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