The Miners: One Union, One Industry
A History of the National Union of Mineworkers 1939-46
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First published in 1979, The Miners: A History of the National Union of Mineworkers 1939-46 describes the events and factors that led to the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1946. The World War had a creative as well as a destructive effect on the industry; it compressed fundamental changes into seven short years. By the end of the war, the federated trade unions had succeeded in bringing about the unification of their industry; and the various county, district and craft associations were themselves also unified in one single national body. Two rival plans emerged during 1945: a coal-owners’ plan, in conjunction with an ‘experts’ report’, approved by Churchill and his Caretaker Cabinet, and Labour’s ‘plan for the coal industry’ which came into force in 1946 as the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act. Anew epoch in management had begun, with a National Coal Board, new industrial relations and a new National Union of Mineworkers. This book will be of interest to students of history, sociology, economics and political science.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface Acknowledgements List of Illustrations 1. The Transforming Effect of War 2. Labour’s Plan for the Coal Industry 3. The End of the War Against Fascism 4. Parliamentary Bills for Nationalisation 5. The Nationalisation Bill 6. In the House of Lords 7. The End of Private Ownership Index of Names General Index
R. Page Arnot