MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: 'We just wanted to carry on mining': What the strike which changed Britain meant for our miners - and what it says about the 'summer of discontent'

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Period7 Sep 2022

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  • Title'We just wanted to carry on mining': What the strike which changed Britain meant for our miners - and what it says about the 'summer of discontent'
    Media name/outletManchester Evening News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/09/22
    DescriptionDr Stephen Mustchin, a senior lecturer and researcher on industrial relations at the University of Manchester, says that's had a huge impact on workers' rights, pay and conditions.

    "As the 80s went on there were six major acts of Parliament which restricted what unions were able to do," he said. "Things like workplace votes, a show of hands, were made unlawful. Bit by bit it become harder for unions to take industrial action.

    "The rights of workers to organise were increasingly delegitimised, both by government and employers. Workers increasingly lost the power of collective bargaining over conditions and pay, and pay was increasingly set unilaterally. In lower paid work, jobs on minimum wage, pay is set by the state."
    URLhttps://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/we-just-wanted-carry-mining-24498756
    PersonsStephen Mustchin

Keywords

  • industrial relations
  • miners' strikes