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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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Markets, Managers, and the Merger

Markets, Managers, and the Merger

(p.290) 8 Markets, Managers, and the Merger
Facing Up to Thatcherism

Mike Ironside

Roger Seifert

Oxford University Press

The dominant view in the labour movement was that Labour under Neil Kinnock could win the next election, only 18 months away, and that the main way to combat the uncertainties and weaknesses among union members was to unite around certain common principles; hence the increasing momentum behind the merger. There was a new Prime Minister and a new war in the Gulf, and there seemed to be a rush to push through reforms in health, education, and local government so as to make them very difficult to reverse. The National and Local Government Officers Association’s (NALGO) first and only elected general secretary, NALGO and the poll tax, the anti-union laws, economics, and the movements towards merger are discussed in detail. The labour management and the markets, as well as the reports of the death of collective bargaining, are shown.

Keywords:   labour movement, markets, managers, merger, NALGO, collective bargaining, labour management

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