1st Edition

White Collar Workers Trade Unions and Class

    Originally published in 1986, the 1970s and 80s saw the emergence of the ‘the new working class’ or ‘new middle class’. This book is an authoritative study of the ‘white collar workers’ relationship with their unions and analysis of their newly designated class. The authors drew extensively on original fieldwork and verbatim accounts from technical workers and foremen in industry. White Collar Workers examines the particular circumstances of different groups of workers and their functions in relation to capital and labour. It analyses changes in the composition of union membership and the effect of these changes on the structure and policy of unions.

    Part 1: Class Relations at Work 1. Class and Control at the Point of Production – Foremen 1 Peter Armstrong 2. Class and Control at the Point of Production – Foremen 2 Bob Carter 3. Class Relations, Diversity and Location – Technical Workers Chris Smith Part 2: The Politics of White Collar Trade Unionism 4. Work Supervisors and Trade Unionism Peter Armstrong 5. Trade Unionism and the New Middle Class – The Case of ASTMS Bob Carter 6. Engineers, Trade Unionism and Tass Chris Smith.


    Peter Armstrong, Bob Carter, Chris Smith and Theo Nichols

    Review of the original edition of British Trade Unions:

    ‘…an intelligently argued analysis…It is likely to be taken seriously by those in the trade union movement as it does not stem from the pen of an outsider but from one of Labour’s elder statesmen whose left-wing political credentials are above question.’ Malcolm Warner, Government and Opposition, Vol 6 No. 2.