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Author Brady, Andrew, author.

Title Unions and employment in a market economy : strategy, influence and power in contemporary Britain / Andrew Brady
Published New York : Routledge, 2019
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge research in employment relations
Contents Trade union strategy, influence and power in contemporary Britain : an introduction -- The social contract (1974-79) -- Employment relations reform under new labour: context, continuity and change -- The national minimum wage -- The employment relations act -- The Warwick agreement -- Strategy, influence and power: lessons from history -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: List of interviews as introduced -- Appendix B: Key provisions of the employment act 2002 -- Appendix C: Key warwick agreement pledges -- Glossary -- Index
Summary Due to the sharp declines in trade union density and collective bargaining coverage post-1979, the shift by trade unions towards political action has had significant implications for employment relations regulation in contemporary Britain. Yet, there remains insufficient discussion of the factors of influence affecting changes in the political action process from a historical and contemporary perspective. Unions and Employment in a Market Economy will evidence how trade unions were able to offset environmental constraints through a progressive focus on political action, despite diminished power in the Labour Party's structures and the wider economy. The book presents four legislative events categorised as functional equivalents enacted in two different periods of Labour governance (1974-79 and 1997-2010). The selected events are the Social Contract (1974-79), National Minimum Wage (1998), Employment Relations Act (1999) and the Warwick Agreement (2004). The book's findings lend credence to the proposition that in a liberal market economy there is a valuable dividend associated with trade union political exchange through the Labour Party
Notes Includes index
Andrew Brady is an academic with a PhD from the University of Strathclyde and works in the British labour movement
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Subject Industrial relations -- Great Britain -- History.
Labor unions -- Political activity -- Great Britain -- History.
Political participation -- Great Britain -- History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
Industrial relations.
Labor unions -- Political activity.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
Political participation.
Politics and government.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1997-2007.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351035436