The Trade Unions—What Are They?

The Trade Unions—What Are They?

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Author: Tony Van Den Bergh
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483156620

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The Trade Unions—What Are They? is a primer of the trade union movement in Britain and examines the intricacies of industrial negotiations concerning issues such as the Incomes and Prices policy and restrictive practices. This book looks at 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 discussed, along with some significant events and statistics. This monograph is comprised of 13 chapters and begins with a brief history of trade unions in Britain, followed by biographical sketches of five great union leaders: Tom Mann, John Burns, Ben Tillett, Will Thorne, and Ernest Bevin. The next section presents four famous trade-union cases: the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the Taff Vale case, the Osborne Verdict, and Rookes vs. Barnard. The remaining chapters focus on some important 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, and the passage of the Trades Disputes Act of 1965. This text will be a useful resource for trade union officers and members as well as industry and government officials.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    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 Thome

    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483156620

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Tony Van Den Bergh

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