Workers, Unions and Truck Wages in British Society: The Fight for Real Wages, 1820-1986, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Workers, Unions and Truck Wages in British Society

The Fight for Real Wages, 1820-1986, 1st Edition

By Christopher Frank


320 pages

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Despite the dramatic expansion of consumer culture from the beginning of the eighteenth century onwards, and the developments in retailing, advertising and credit relationships in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there were a significant number of working families in Britain who were not fully free to consume as they chose.

These employees were paid in truck, or in goods rather than currency. This book will explore and analyse the changing ways that truck and workplace deductions were experienced by different groups in British society, arguing that it was far more common than has previously been acknowledged. This analysis brings to light issues of class and gender, the discourse of free trade, popular politics and protest, the development of the trade union movement, and the use of the legal system as an instrument for bringing about social and legal change.

It will be of great interest to scholars of social history, economic history, gender history, labour history, and historians of the law.

Table of Contents




Table of Truck Statutes


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six



About the Author

Christopher Frank is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

About the Series

Perspectives in Economic and Social History

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
HISTORY / Social History