Chapter 3

The Trade Union Movement in Great Britain

Chapter Objectives

This chapter will explain:

  1. The growth and development of trade unions in Great Britain during the nineteenth century and the impact of trade union legislation on union growth
  2. The factors leading to the establishment of the Trades Union Congress and the Labour Party
  3. The implications of the Taff Vale case and Osborne judgement for British trade unions
  4. The main features of trade unionism in Great Britain during the post–Second World War period
  5. The structure and functions of the Trades Union Congress and its relationship with its affiliates and with the Labour Party
  6. The problems facing the trade unions in the United Kingdom today
  7. The main features of laws concerning trade unions ...

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