Chapter

Scotland, Labour and the Trade Union Movement: Partners in Change or Uneasy Bedfellows?

Mark Irvine

in The Scottish Labour Party

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617845
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617845.003.0013
Scotland, Labour and the Trade Union Movement: Partners in Change or Uneasy Bedfellows?

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter addresses the following questions: What is the nature of the relationship between Labour and the unions? How has it changed since the 1970s? Will Scotland's multi-party politics make a difference and can the unions learn to love New Labour, or will the party simply revert to its union roots once Tony Blair has had his day? Scotland's unions are at a turning point in history: they can be modern, forward-looking organizations that reflect genuinely the diverse views of their members, or just old-fashioned power brokers — prisoners of their Labour-dominated past.

Keywords: Scottish Labour Party; trade unions; multi-party politics; multi-party politics

Chapter.  5829 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.