British Trade Unions Today

British Trade Unions Today

The Commonwealth and International Library: Social Administration, Training, Economics and Production Division

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

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  • Authors: Clive Jenkins, J. E. Mortimer
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147116

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British Trade Unions Today is concerned with the trade union movement in Britain, how it operates, and how it strives constantly to achieve its objectives. This text examines why the British people hold trade union membership cards, why they do it, how they do it, what they expect from their unions, and how the trade union movement affects the citizens of Britain. This book consists of nine chapters and begins by discussing the history of trade unions in Britain, with emphasis on how various forms of organization came about and how they are now. The next chapter focuses on the legal battles faced by British unions to fight for their right of formal existence and compares the legal framework for industrial relations in the United Kingdom with that in the United States. The reader is then introduced to the societal goals of trade unions and what they have achieved so far, particularly with respect to improving wages and employment conditions. The chapters that follow consider the rationale for the unions' establishment of a national center, the election and selection of union officers, and union communications and publicity. This book also examines how trade unions conduct collective bargaining, along with their finances, and concludes by assessing the future of the unions in the context of the social environment in which they operate. This reference material will be useful to trade union leaders and members as well as companies and policymakers who deal with unions.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Chapter 1 Forms of Organization: How They Came about, How They are Now

    Chapter 2 The Framework of Law: A Long Struggle for Legal Rights

    Chapter 3 Union Aims in Modern Society: What Has been Achieved, What Comes Next

    Chapter 4 The Need for a National Center: How and Why the Unions Came Together

    Chapter 5 Choosing the Leaders: Election and Selection of Officers

    Chapter 6 Explaining the Case: Communications, Publicity and Education inside and out

    Chapter 7 Collective Bargaining: How it is Done

    Chapter 8 Finances of the Unions: Problems and Costs

    Chapter 9 The Complex Future


Product details

  • No. of pages: 134
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1965
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147116

About the Authors

Clive Jenkins

J. E. Mortimer

About the Editors

R Brown

G. Chandler

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Canberra, Australia

W. A. Davis

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