chapter  1
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TRADE UNIONS – THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Trade union attitudes to legal intervention and the relevance of the economic and political framework in which the law operates are more readily explicable if there is some knowledge and understanding of labour history. As a general historical introduction to trade union law, I shall concentrate here on the founding and growth of trade unions and on the criminal and civil liabilities they laboured under during their formative period prior to the First World War. A short historical overview of the development of collective bargaining and of the system of immunities to tortious liabilities is provided at the start of Part 2 and Part 3, respectively.