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Cole saw the trade unions as being critical to progress, but to realise their role they needed to change and the issue of trade union structure therefore became fundamental. He considered in this volume that trade union structure was a central problem of the labour movement – he described British trade unionism as a movement bereft of ideas and policy. He discusses the evolution in the trade unions to cover not only wages and working conditions but the organisation and control of industry.
1. Means and Ends 2. The Labour Unrest 3. Labour in France 4. Comments on the French Labour Movement 5. Labour in America 6. Further Lessons from Abroad – The General Strike 7. Trade Union Structure – Industrial Unionism and Amalgamation 8. Trade Union Government – Centralisation and Local Autonomy 9. Social Peace and Social War – Conciliation and Arbitration 10. Labour’s Red Herrings – The Function of Co-operation 11. The Control of Industry – Syndicalism and Collectivism 12. The Future of Trade Unionism 13. Economics and Politics 14. Hopes and Fears Bibliography. Index.
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