Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World is the first book to provide readers with an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the impact of New Labour governments on employment relations and trade unions. This innovative text locates changes in industrial politics since the 1990s in the development of globalization and the worldwide emergence of neoliberalism. The advent of Tony Blair’s government in 1997 promised a new dawn for employment relations. In this rigorous but readable volume, a team of experienced and respected contributors explain in detail how the story has unfolded.
This book looks at all aspects of New Labour’s policies in relation to employment relations and trade unionism. The first half of Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World presents an overview of industrial politics, the evolution of New Labour and an anatomy of contemporary trade unionism. It discusses relations between the Labour Party and the unions and the response of trade unionists to political and economic change. The second part contains chapters on legislation, partnership, organizing, training, strikes and perspectives on Europe.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World John McIlroy and Gary Daniels, Part I. Trade Unions under New Labour, 1. A Brief History of British Trade Unions and Neoliberalism: From the Earliest Days to the Birth of New Labour
John McIlroy, 2. A Brief History of British Trade Unions and Neoliberalism in the Age of New Labour John McIlroy, 3. An Anatomy of British Trade Unionism since 1997: Strategies for Revitalization John McIlroy and Gary Daniels, 4. An Anatomy of British Trade Unionism since 1997: Organization, Structure and Factionalism John McIlroy and Gary Daniels, 5. Under Stress But Still Enduring: The Contentious Alliance in the Age of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown John McIlroy, Part II. Issues, 6. Employment Legislation: New Labour’s Neoliberal Legal Project to Subordinate Trade Unions
Paul Smith and Gary Morton, 7. Partnership: New Labour’s Third Way? Martin Upchurch, 8. Organizing: In the Field Gary Daniels, 9. Skills and Training: A Strategic Role for Trade Unions or the Limits of Neoliberalism? John McIlroy and Richard Croucher, 10. Strikes: New Labour and Industrial Conflict Dave Lyddon, 11. Europe: The Double-Edged Sword of Justice? New Labour, Trade Unions and Politics of Social Europe Graham Taylor