Industrial Action and Social Welfare

K. D. Ewing

in The Right to Strike

Published in print February 1991 | ISBN: 9780198254393
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681486 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Industrial Action and Social Welfare

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This chapter deals with the treatment of strikers in social welfare law. It considers the rights of access to social welfare benefits provided by the state to those who have no other sources of income or those whose supply of income is inadequate. Five schemes have been in operation to provide for the unemployed who do not have the means of personal support. These schemes are the poor law; unemployment assistance; national assistance; supplementary benefit; and income support. Policy on the payment of social welfare to strikers has been inspired throughout the 20th century by the Merthyr Tydfil decision of 1900.

Keywords: Merthyr Tydfil; poor law; national assistance; supplementary benefit; 1980 reforms; social security

Chapter.  15512 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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