1st Edition

White-Collar Unionism The Rebellious Salariat

By Clive Jenkins, Barrie Sherman Copyright 1979

    Originally published in 1979 at a time when white-collar union membership had increased both in the public and private sectors of the economy, this book explains who the members were, why there was such astonishing membership growth and the circumstances which surrounded it. The history of this growth is recorded and the special problems of organization and recruitment are outlined. Issues discussed include bargaining, communications, the salary package concept, organization and recruitment problems, the rewards system, incomes policies, government liaison work and industrial democracy.

    1. Who Are the White-Collar Workers? 2. The Rise and Short History of White-Collar Unionism 3. Organisation and Recruitment Problems of White-Collar Unions 4. The Mechanisms of a White-Collar Union 5. Significant Gains, Significant Disputes, Significant Techniques 6. The Rewards System 7. New Legislation 8. Incomes Policies 9. The Widening of Traditional Horizons 10. The Impact of the White-Collar Union on Britain 11. Managers 12. The Quality of Life 13. The Future.


    Clive Jenkins was a British Trade Union leader. Barrie Sherman was a British trade unionist.

    Review of original edition of White-Collar Unionism:

    ‘White-Collar Unionism remains a useful and important book…it clearly delineates the impact of some of the labor legislation of the 1970s on the white-collar organizations. For those interested in modern British labor history or in white-collar unionism anywhere in the world it should make for valuable reading.’ Mark McColloch, International Labor and Working Class History, No. 18.