discussion meeting on 1960s-70s trade unionism, monday 25th

The next of our London reading groups on workplace organising and trade union theory takes place on Monday 25th January. We will be looking at the 1960s-70s upsurge in the labour movement in the UK and the “limitations of corporatism”.

The meeting takes place from 7pm at the Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, near Old Street. See below for the recommended reading material and the questions for discussion.

– In what ways did the working class show its strength to stand up to ‘management’s right to manage’ in this period? Why couldn’t the state stop this happening?

– To what extent could management make use of workplace union structures to quell the class struggle?

– What were the limitations of the new means of industrial struggle seen in this period?

Reading material – Richard Hyman’s Politics of workplace trade unionism