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mister blues
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Mar 18 2011 16:32
Question about unions

What is the Trades Disputes Act?

no1
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Mar 18 2011 17:08

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_Disputes_Act_1906 ?

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Steven.
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Mar 18 2011 19:33

If the 1906 law, it is important to note that it is no longer in effect

mister blues
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Mar 21 2011 10:48

Thanks for putting that on the thread Steven.

My question is a little later Trades Disputes Act just after the New York stockmarket crash .

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The Trades Disputes Act, passed by the Conservative Government in 1927...splitting off the unions in government service from the Trades Union Congress, restricting picketing and outlawing sympathetic strikes.

Britain in the Nineteen Thirties by Noreen Branson and Margot Heinemann.

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Mar 21 2011 12:18

There's a Wiki page on it, it got repealed in 1947. I vaguely remember it from GCSEs, where it was explained as a measure brought in to reinforce the post-general strike carrot and stick approach which characterised the Tory government of the time which was desperate to avoid any repeats of that kind of wide-scale uprising.

Key points were its ban on civil service unions belonging to the TUC, a ban on secondary strike action (or any action designed to put political pressure on the government) and the switching of the Labour levy from opt out to opt in.

It's usually explained in leftist circles as the Tories trying to damage Labour by draining their dues, but tbh using an anarchist outlook that's more likely to have been a sideswipe in a far larger campaign to crush the defeated enemy for decades to come.

History has since largely repeated itself in the form of Thatcher's anti-trade union laws.

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Mar 21 2011 15:49

It appears to be the case that all unions are basically frustrated by this ongoing march of progress in the various industries and services which are applied to to defend worker self-management. It is clear that early incidents created a widely vocal movement which complimented the rise of socialism. What are the eventual consequences for the unions which oppose the government?

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Mar 21 2011 19:55
mister blues wrote:
My question is a little later Trades Disputes Act just after the New York stockmarket crash .

The stock crash was in 1929, not 1927.

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Mar 23 2011 14:19

Yes, sorry my comrade, I must have talking out of my cheesy butt. The issue is really just the pressure this sort of thing puts on the agents of capital under such a regime that goes around wrecking the last vestiges of worker control. These ages of industrial, scientific, technical and cultural advancement have benefited the few and concession after concession after concesssion the demands of competition fail to initiate the social revolution. We must oppose it.