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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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Privatization and the Retreat from National Bargaining

Privatization and the Retreat from National Bargaining

(p.204) 6 Privatization and the Retreat from National Bargaining
Facing Up to Thatcherism

Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

Oxford University Press

The National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) continued arguing for pay determination based on comparability and on the duty of government to look after those employees unable or unwilling to take industrial action because of the potential harm to the public. The breadth of NALGO campaigns expanded to cover a wider and wider range of membership concerns as the union established a political fund and developed important new policies on workplace issues such as discrimination and violence at work. The second half of the second Tory term saw the further development and implementation of the government’s deregulation and privatization agenda. Most of the switch from public to private so far affected NALGO members only indirectly (except of course in gas and the buses), but they were about to become much more involved; through subcontracting in local government and health; through the sell-off of water and electricity supply; and, crucially, for NALGO’s biggest membership base, though the reform of local-government rates.

Keywords:   NALGO, privatization, national bargaining, union

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