Trade Unions in the New Society
First Published in 1950, Trade Unions in the New Society examines the changing significance of trade unionism and the place they occupy in the democratic world. Harold J. Laski contrasts their function in a capitalist or socialist society with what it became under Russian totalitarianism. This book explores the relation between trade unions and the public, trade unions and the law and trade unions and democracy to show the impact of developments such as mass production, social security and a planned economy on the position of the working man and considers the proper role of the government in disputes which may affect the basic public welfare. Most important of all, possibly, are Laski’s observations on the desirability of labour activity in organised politics.
Trade Unions in the New Society will be of immense interest for scholars and researchers of politics, political economy, labour studies, and for all who are concerned with the future of democracy.
Preface 1. The Changing Significance of Trade Unionism 2. Trade Unions and the Public 3. Trade Unions and the Law 4. Trade Unions and Democracy
‘… with absolute moral integrity, the late Harold Laski was able to retain a critical independence without forfeiting Socialist affection and socialism…(In this, his last book) he tackles, honestly the most awkward of Labour’s problems at home: what ought to be done, indeed what can be the proper functions of free trade unions in a planned State?’ The Spectator.