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Facing Up to ThatcherismThe History of NALGO 1979-93$
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Michael Ironside and Roger Seifert

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240753

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240753.001.0001

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Thatcherites versus the Trade-Union Movement

Thatcherites versus the Trade-Union Movement

(p.163) 5 Thatcherites versus the Trade-Union Movement
Facing Up to Thatcherism

Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

Oxford University Press

The National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) supported striking miners, print workers, and General Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) trade unionists; argued against more anti-union laws; opposed compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) in health and local government; and continued to campaign, bargain, and take action in all services at national and local levels. This chapter describes NALGO’s failure to support some key struggles of other union members–the miners and the print workers–when they came under attack. It also covers the union’s mobilization to try to stem the counter-revolution and to modify its impact on members’ job security, pay, conditions of service, and labour process.

Keywords:   NALGO, Thatcherites, trade-union movement, mobilization

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