The Trade Unions—What Are They? - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080065168, 9781483139395

The Trade Unions—What Are They?

1st Edition

The Commonwealth and International Library

Authors: Tony Van Den Bergh
Editors: Robert Robinson Dean Athelstan Spilhaus
eBook ISBN: 9781483139395
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1970
Page Count: 280
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The Trade Unions—What Are They? is a primer of the trade union movement in Britain and examines the convolutions of industrial negotiations as well as the intricacies that have to be unraveled by those handling the problems—whether of the application of the Incomes and Prices policy or of restrictive practices. This book traces the history of British trade unions and presents the biographies of five great trade union leaders of the past. Four famous trade-union cases are also highlighted, along with some important events and statistics. This monograph is comprised of 13 chapters and begins with a brief historical account of trade unions in Britain before presenting biographical sketches of five great union leaders: Tom Mann, John Burns, Ben Tillett, Will Thorne, and Ernest Bevin. The next section examines four famous trade union cases: the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Taff Vale case, the Osborne Verdict, and Rookes vs. Barnard. The remaining chapters discuss some major events and statistics relating to the British trade union movement from the 14th to the 20th centuries, including laws, prices and incomes, the enactment of the Ordinance and Statute of Labourers in 1349 and 1351, and the strike staged by signalmen of the Taff Vale Railway in 1901. This text will be of interest to trade union officers and members as well as industry and government officials.

Table of Contents




1 A Brief History of the Trade Unions

Short Biographies of Five Great Trade-Union Leaders of the Past

2 Tom Mann

3 John Burns

4 Ben Tillett

5 Will Thorne

6 Ernest Bevin

Four Famous Trade-Union Law Cases

7 The Tolpuddle Martyrs

8 The Taff Vale Case

9 The Osborne Verdict

10 Rookes vs. Barnard

Recent Events and Various Statistics

11 Trade-Union Law

12 Prices and Incomes

13 Main Events in the History of the British Trade Union Movement

Appendixes 1. Finances of Registered Trade Unions of Employees in Great Britain

Appendixes 2. Average Annual Contribution per Trade Union Member, Analyzed by Industry

Appendixes 3. Distribution of Trade Union Members among Unions of Different Sizes (End 1966)

Appendixes 4. Trades Unions with over 100,000 Members

Appendixes 5. Number of Employers and Estimated Number of Trade Union Members in Different Industry Groups

Appendixes 6. Number of Employees in Employment in Different Industry Groups, 1959, 1964, 1965 and 1966

Appendixes 7. Total Trade Union Membership, 1945-66

Appendixes 8. Stoppages of Work Beginning in Each of the Years 1914-68

Appendixes 9. Number of Stoppages per 100,000 Employees in Various Countries, 1959-63

Number of Stoppages per 100,000 Employees in Various Countries, 1964-6

Appendixes 10. Days Lost Due to Stoppages per Thousand Persons Employed in Various Countries in 1955-67

Appendixes 11. List of Affiliated Organizations and Membership at December 1967

Appendixes 12. Trade Groups and Their Membership, 1967




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About the Author

Tony Van Den Bergh

About the Editor

Robert Robinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Recently retired from editorship of Canadian Security magazine

Dean Athelstan Spilhaus

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