PART 2 INTRODUCTION
In this introductory section, we examine the growth of the system of free collective bargaining. We enquire how far government policies through the use of the law, supported, encouraged, regulated or inhibited this process. After this historical outline, we examine the contemporary framework of collective bargaining with particular reference to the changes in practice that have occurred since 1979. In the context of these developments, Chapter 8 analyses the legal effects of collective agreements on the employment relationship. Chapters 9, 10 and 11 investigate the extent of legal assistance to enhance organisational strength of trade unions and bolster collective bargaining by the creation of individual rights for union members and officials and collective rights for the union itself. In Chapter 12, we consider how far freedom of association per se in trade unions is legally guaranteed.