ABSTRACT

Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World is the first book to provide readers with an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the impact of New Labour governments on employment relations and trade unions. This innovative text locates changes in industrial politics since the 1990s in the development of globalization and the worldwide emergence of neoliberalism.  The advent of Tony Blair’s government in 1997 promised a new dawn for employment relations. In this rigorous but readable volume, a team of experienced and respected contributors explain in detail how the story has unfolded.

This book looks at all aspects of New Labour’s policies in relation to employment relations and trade unionism. The first half of Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World presents an overview of industrial politics, the evolution of New Labour and an anatomy of contemporary trade unionism. It discusses relations between the Labour Party and the unions and the response of trade unionists to political and economic change. The second part contains chapters on legislation, partnership, organizing, training, strikes and perspectives on Europe. 

chapter |18 pages

Introduction: Trade unions in a neoliberal world

ByJOHN MILROY AND GARY DANIELS

part |2 pages

Part I Trade unions under New Labour

part |2 pages

Part II Issues

chapter 7|24 pages

Partnership: New Labour’s Third Way?

ByMARTIN UPCHURCH

chapter 8|29 pages

In the field: A decade of organizing

ByGARY DANIELS

chapter 9|33 pages

Skills and training: A strategic role for trade unions or the limits of neoliberalism?

ByJOHN MILROY AND RICHARD CROUCHER

chapter 10|26 pages

Strikes: Industrial conflict under New Labour

ByDAVE LYDDON