A Business and Labour History of Britain: Case studies of by Mike Richardson, Peter Nicholls (eds.)

By Mike Richardson, Peter Nicholls (eds.)

By bringing jointly and seriously enticing with money owed of sure issues in enterprise and labour historical past, and using unique examine, this booklet goals to widen realizing of commercial society and supply a heritage to extra research and learn within the sector administration and labour relatives history.

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34 Yet, for the first 40 years of the railways there were only ten strikes and most commentators of the time believed labour relations were relatively positive. The strikes that did take place occurred in two waves, the first from 1845–50 and the second in the late 1860s. Both periods follow national periods of labour unrest and, for the most part, the railway strikes are said to be in pursuit of wages. Kingsford35 classifies the strikes and identifies the first seven based upon claims for increased wages, two were against a reduction in wages, and the last was against disciplinary fines.

43. Chaloner, The Social and Economic Development of Crewe, p. 39. 44. McKenna, The Railway Workers 1840–1890, p. 120. Labour, management and control 31 45. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire, p. 123. He describes: ‘if the labouring poor hesitated to accept the system as permanent, even less were they likely – unless forced, often by extra-economic coercion – to adapt themselves to it, even in their struggles. They might seek to by-pass it, as the early socialists did by free communities of cooperative production.

Harvie, Industrialisation 1830–1914, Units 29–30 (Open University: 1970). , p. 65 G. Findlay, The Working and Management of an English Railway (Whittaker & Co: 1889). R. Kenney, Men and Rails (T. Fisher Unwin: 1913). 30 Peter Nicholls 23. W. H. Chaloner, The Social and Economic Development of Crewe 1790–1923 (Manchester University Press: 1950). Chaloner provides an excellent detailed account of the development and structure of Crewe as a railway town and refers to four main categories of housing reflecting the very different echelons of company hierarchy.

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