Britain : Striking unionism with a political cutting edge

Darlington, RR 2014, 'Britain : Striking unionism with a political cutting edge' , in: Radical Unions in Europe and the Future of Collective Interest Representation , Trade Unions. Past, Present and Future (20) , Peter Lang, Oxford, pp. 68-88.

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Compared with the wave of general strikes that have swept across Europe since 2009, the response of UK trade unions to the global financial crisis and government austerity measures has been rather more muted. However, in March 2011 there was the largest ever trade union protest demonstration in Britain’s history involving half a million workers, which was followed in November by a one-day public sector general strike of 2.5 million workers which represented the biggest industrial confrontation since the miners’ strike in 1984–5 and the biggest single day of strike action in Britain since the 1926 General Strike. Although nowhere nearly as extensive or prolonged as Greek, Spanish or French-style union organised resistance, the rising levels of strike activity against austerity have led to an upsurge in membership levels for a number of unions combined with renewed levels of engagement and collective organisation (Labour Research, February 2012).

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Connolly, H, Kretsos, L and Phelan, C
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Trade Unions. Past, Present and Future
Publisher: Peter Lang
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Trade Unions. Past, Present and Future
ISBN: 9783034308038 (paperback); 9783035305999 (online); 9783035399615 (online)
ISSN: 1662-7784
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Funders: British Academy
Depositing User: RR Darlington
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 12:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 18:48

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