The Industrial Relations Nettle

  • Eric Caines


The depth of the split between the Wets and the Dries in the Conservative Shadow Cabinet between 1975 and 1979 is nowhere better illustrated than by the failure to come up with a policy for avoiding confrontation with the trade unions, until the events of the Winter of Discontent (1978–79) made industrial relations reform appear inevitable. Until then Margaret Thatcher had had to concede that Jim Prior should continue to take the lead in determining how industrial relations policy should be developed, though she had, at the same time, approved the recruitment of Sir John Hoskyns, a Keith Joseph acolyte, to devise an alternative policy which came to be known as the Stepping Stones initiative.

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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