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The Industrial Relations of In Place of Strife (1969): The Search for Sanctions through the Prism of Key Industrial Disputes

Lyddon, Dave

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The 1969 White Paper In Place of Strife was the Labour government’s response to the 1968 Donovan Report. Its most contested proposals were three penal clauses, where fines could be imposed: against unions for refusing to ballot in certain official strikes or if they struck against a ruling in inter-union recognition disputes; and against workers for refusing to return to work when a ‘conciliation pause’ was ordered in certain unconstitutional strikes (in breach of a disputes procedure).
Peter Dorey’s political account Comrades in Conflict (2019) provides an opportunity to explore the industrial relations aspects of the White Paper. First, the proposed sanctions are explored in an analysis of the Donovan Report and government discussions. Second, key industrial disputes, which shaped the White Paper and the decision to present an interim bill, are examined. Third, the impracticability of fines on unconstitutional strikers prompted the exploration of legislative alternatives. The opposition of the Trades Union Congress is assessed.

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Lyddon, D. (2021). The Industrial Relations of In Place of Strife (1969): The Search for Sanctions through the Prism of Key Industrial Disputes. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 42(1), 145-178. https://doi.org/10.3828/hsir.2021.42.6

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2024
Online Publication Date Jan 9, 2021
Publication Date 2021-09
Deposit Date Jun 13, 2024
Journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations
Electronic ISSN 2049-4459
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 1
Pages 145-178
DOI https://doi.org/10.3828/hsir.2021.42.6
Public URL https://keele-repository.worktribe.com/output/849510
Publisher URL https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/10.3828/hsir.2021.42.6