Unemployment and Industrial Relations

Publication Date01 February 1983
DOI10.1111/j.1467-9256.1983.tb00151.x
AuthorJ.R. Shackleton
Date01 February 1983
SubjectArticle
Coming
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UNEMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
3.
R.
SHACKLETON
The perceptions
of
those currently involved in the hdustrial relations field,
whether as interested parties or academic observers, have largely been shaped by
the experiences of
the
sustained
economic boom
of
the fifties, sixties
and
early
seventies.
In
the
UK
the industrial relations environment of this halcyon period
included the following elements. Firstly, there was
a
low level of unemployment,
apparently sustained by political co~,iitments from all the major parties;
and
a
standard of living which for the mass of workers grew
throughout
this period, albeit
less slowly than those of comparable nations. Next a numerically
strong
trade
union
~ovement,by contrast for example, with that
of
the
USA,
maintained
a
stable level
of membership through the fifties and since the early sixties increased
its
numbers
dramatically
to
cover over half the workforce by the late seventies,
movement had moved much closer to the State than at earlier periods,
possessing
This union

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