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Industrial Radicalism and the New Unionism

William Kenefick

in Red Scotland!

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625178
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625178.003.0002
Industrial Radicalism and the New Unionism

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This chapter considers the rise of industrial radicalism and the impact of the new unionism on the Scottish trade union movement, by presenting two case studies. It examines the origins and nature of the new unionism, the long-term impact of this movement, the relationship between ‘old’ and ‘new’ forms of trade unionism, and important landmarks in the history of the dockers and railwaymen through to 1910, by adopting a comparative approach, and as a postscript briefly considers the ‘labour unrest’ period. It also examines the emergence of powerful and proactive employers' associations, the ‘counter-attacking’ role of such employers' federations, and press and public attitudes to developments taking place within the trade union and labour movement in Scotland.

Keywords: industrial radicalism; new unionism; trade union movement; dockers; railwaymen; Scotland

Chapter.  11494 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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