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Leadership in the boilermakers' society

Alastair J. Reid

in The Tide of Democracy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081033
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081033.003.0008
Leadership in the boilermakers' society

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For a full understanding of the effectiveness of craft unions in the shipbuilding industry it is necessary to combine the preceding analysis of structural conditions with an examination of the year-by-year activities of one of the major organisations. The most obvious candidate for such a study is the boilermakers' society, not only because it was the largest of the unions organising groups of workers who were dependent mainly on shipbuilding for their employment, but also because it was widely regarded as one of the most powerful trade unions in the country. As a result, this body has the additional interest of having frequently been taken by critics of craft unionism as a key example of those features of which they most disapproved.

Keywords: craft unions; trade unions; British shipbuilding industry; boilermakers' society

Chapter.  12204 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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