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The Oxford History of the Laws of EnglandVolume XIII: 1820–1914 Fields of Development$
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William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.001.0001

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The Roots of Collective Action

The Roots of Collective Action

(p.650) II The Roots of Collective Action
The Oxford History of the Laws of England

William Cornish

Oxford University Press

This chapter on the roots of collective action in the 19th century begins with a discussion of the condition of labour. It then discusses the development of criminal offences relating to protest-backed demands that terms of work be improved or at least maintained, especially when the workers' conduct was well enough controlled to avoid charges of offences against person or property. This is followed by a discussion of the Combination of Workmen Act 1825.

Keywords:   English law, labour law, criminal offences, Combination of Workmen, collective action

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