Union renewal in historical perspective


Croucher, R. and Wood, G. 2017. Union renewal in historical perspective. Work, Employment and Society. 31 (6), pp. 1010-1020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017017713950
TitleUnion renewal in historical perspective
AuthorsCroucher, R. and Wood, G.

This article revisits contemporary union renewal/revival debates through comparison with the late 1930s resurgence of trade unionism in the UK’s engineering industry. It is argued that the 1930s union renewal arose from more favourable contextual conditions than those currently obtaining. It was led by political activists, with better-articulated organisation and greater resonance in the working class than their contemporary counterparts, and who were assisted by state policy and pro-worker forces. Conclusions are drawn in relation to current debates.

PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Publication dates
Online18 Aug 2017
Print01 Dec 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited17 May 2017
Accepted11 May 2017
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

Richard Croucher, Geoffrey Wood, Union renewal in historical perspective. Work, Employment and Society, Vol 31, Issue 6, pp. 1010 - 1020. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017017713950
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