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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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Storms—Financial, Climatic, and Industrial

Storms—Financial, Climatic, and Industrial

(p.242) 7 Storms—Financial, Climatic, and Industrial
Facing Up to Thatcherism

Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

Oxford University Press

Debates in the trade-union movement about the lessons to be learned from the situation were complex, but they could be grouped into two main schools of thought. Central to this debate within the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO) were difficult questions about public ownership and about how state employees are managed; questions that are fundamental to both public-service and economic performance. The deregulation and management reforms are discussed. Opposition to the privatization of water and electricity was widespread and popular. In addition, national bargaining after the election, and a national union fighting local issues, are described. Thirty months after the 1987 election saw momentous changes and political turmoil. Privatization took over, irrespective of its competitive virtues. The first two and a half years of the Thatcher government’s third term saw more important changes to industries in which NALGO members worked than in the whole of the previous decade.

Keywords:   NALGO, privatization, public service, economic performance, management reform, deregulation

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