UK+Feb+8 - Feb.8,2011 Ideology Voluntarism ;...

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Employment Relations in Britain Feb. 8, 2011
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Ideology Voluntarism Has its roots in the 1870s; fullest expression was the Trade  Dispute Act of 1906 Traditionally both labor and management disliked compulsory  government intervention Employers were not able to take legal action against unions Voluntary union recognition by employers Organizers of industrial action were immune from common  law liabilities (vs. positive right to strike in other countries) Employers didn’t have obligation to bargain with unions and  collective agreements were not legally enforceable Shift away from voluntaristic approach since 1979
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Political Context Form of Government  Constitutional Monarchy  Parliamentary Democracy Political parties  Conservative  Labor Liberal Democrats Ireland Political stability
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The Labor Party and Trade Unions Established in 1906 with great trade union input Until 1919 only unions could affiliate  Unions used to dominate party mechanisms and  finance Since the 1980s the labor party has increasingly  separated itself from unions No organic link between TUC and the labor party Iraq War has created further real strains with the  unions
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Discussion What do you think of the close relationship  between labor unions and political parties? What  are the pros and cons for labor movements?  Would it make a difference for the American  labor movement if there was a labor party in the  US?
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Technological Context Birthplace of industrial revolution (1760)
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