First published in 1999, this volume describes the political climate and state of trade unions after the second world war in Britain. Detailing the transition of individuals who had survived in the war or had taken part in the war effort to going back a civilian life in 1945. Following the rise of the Labour party in Britain until 1964.

chapter |20 pages

Introduction: Approaching Post-War Trade Unionism

ByJohn McIlroy, Alan Campbell, Nina Fishman

part Part One|70 pages

Overviews, 1945–79

chapter Chapter One|20 pages

Sociology, Class and Male Manual Work Cultures

ByMike Savage

chapter Chapter Two|27 pages

Women in the Labour Market and in the Unions

ByChris Wrigley

chapter Chapter Three|21 pages

Complex Encounters: Trade Unions, Immigration and Racism

ByKen Lunn

part Part Two|40 pages


chapter Chapter Four|38 pages

The High Tide of Trade Unionism: Mapping Industrial Politics, 1964–79

ByJohn McIlroy, Alan Campbell

part Part Three|222 pages

Case Studies, 1964–79

chapter Chapter Five|18 pages

The Labour Party and the Trade Unions

ByAndrew Thorpe

chapter Chapter Six|36 pages

The Conservative Party and the Trade Unions

ByAndrew Taylor

chapter Chapter Seven|29 pages

‘What are we here for?’: George Woodcock and Trade Union Reform

ByRobert Taylor

chapter Chapter Eight|43 pages

Notes on the Communist Party and Industrial Politics

ByJohn McIlroy

chapter Chapter Nine|38 pages

‘Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned’: the Trotskyists and the Trade Unions

ByJohn McIlroy

chapter Chapter Eleven|27 pages

‘Glorious Summer’, 1972: the High Tide of Rank and File Militancy

ByDave Lyddon

chapter |12 pages

Afterword: What Went Wrong?

ByRichard Hyman