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Author Curthoys, M. C. (Mark C.)

Title Governments, labour, and the law in mid-Victorian Britain : the trade union legislation of the 1870s / Mark Curthoys
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004


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Description viii, 284 pages ; 23 cm
Series Oxford historical monographs
Oxford historical monographs.
Contents 1. After the Combination Acts. -- 2. 'Under sufferance' : unions outside the law, 1825-1866. -- 3. Union funds, Free Labour and the franchise. -- 4. Reconciling unions and the law. -- 5. Trade unions legalized. -- 6. The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1871. -- 7. The Gas Stokers' case and the freedom to strike. -- 8. Reforming labour law, 1873-1874. -- 9. 'The workmen's victory'? -- Conclusion: combinationa and the liberal state
Summary After the repeal of the Combination Acts in the 1820s, collective labour enjoyed limited freedoms. When that regime collapsed under judicial challenge in the 1860s, governments were obliged to devise a new legal framework for trade unions and strikes. This study traces how, in adjudicating between opposing conceptions of 'free trade' and 'free labour', official opinion came to favour an unrestricted freedom to combine, and sought to withdraw the criminal law from industrial relations. It also reveals the impact upon policy-makers of the contemporary assault upon classical political economy, and of the historicized critiques of labour law propounded by Liberal writers. Drawing upon previously unused governmenal sources, this account provides many wider insights into the nature and inner-workings of the mid-Victorian state
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [247]-271) and index
Subject Labor unions -- Great Britain -- Recognition -- Law and legislation
Labor unions -- Recognition -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain.
Collective bargaining -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Labor union democracy -- Great Britain.
Labor unions -- Great Britain.
Labor laws and legislation -- Great Britain -- History.
Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain -- History.
Strikes and lockouts -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain -- History.
Labor policy -- Great Britain -- History.
Great Britain -- History -- 1837-1901
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Author Oxford Scholarship Online.
LC no. 2004557130
ISBN 0199268894 alkaline paper
OTHER TI Oxford scholarship online.