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The Great Labour Unrest

Rank-And-File Movements and Political Change in the Durham Coalfield



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The Great Labour Unrest examines the struggle between liberals, socialists and revolutionary syndicalists for control of Britain's best established district miners' union. Drawing widely on a vast and rich body of primary sources, this study reveals the debates that grassroots activists had during the fascinating and turbulent 'Great Labour Unrest' period. It charts the contexts in which the socialists challenged the union's Liberal leaders from the late 1890s and considers the complex strikes in 1910 against the implementation of the Liberal government's miners' eight-hour day. It analyses the emergence and development of a mass rank-and-file movement in the coalfield based around demands for a miners' minimum wage and, when this principle was won in March 1912, for an improved minimum wage. This book is of interest to academics, advanced students and lay people interested in political, social and economic history, political thought, economics, and industrial relations. -- .

Product code: 9781526145604

ISBN 9781526145604
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 328
Publisher Manchester University Press
This book analyses the battle for ideological and actual control of the Durham Miners' Association between Liberals, socialists and syndicalists in the tumultuous period prior to the First World War. -- .