In Place of Strife (1969): Trade Union legal rights & responsibilities revisited

In response to Peter Dorey’s new book In Place of Strife, History & Policy’s Trade Union and Employment Forum held a seminar on 27 April at the Modern Records Centre, at the University of Warwick.

Historians, trade unionists and academics gathered to discuss the conflict, 50 years ago, between the Harold Wilson Labour Government and the trade unions over the Barbara Castle White Paper ‘In Place of Strife’ which was one of the pivotal moments of post-war British Industrial Relations.

It pitched voluntarist ideas of ‘free collective bargaining’ against ideas of economic planning and public policy concerns about strikes, inflation and restrictive practices.

Listen to the event on SoundCloud. The audio is also available on iTunes.

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