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Back to the 80s: Right to Strike?
  • Category
    Debates and Discussions
  • Date(s)
    23 October 2012
  • Time
    7:30 PM
  • Price
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Back to the 80s: Right to Strike?
Derbyshire women marching in support of miners link hands in solidarity, 1985 (Morning Star Photographic Archive, Bishopsgate Library)

We regret that this event has been cancelled.

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Strikes and stoppages, mostly short and often unofficial, used to be a normal feature of British industrial relations. The 1980s witnessed a shift in the balance of power. Despite the era-defining conflicts such as those in the coal and print industries, government constraints on trade union activity alongside changes in labour and labour relations led to a sharp decline in industrial action. Did these changes inaugurate a less adversarial approach to conflict resolution or did they throttle unions and restrict workers rights? Looking back to the past and considering the present, what have strikes achieved? Are they essential solidarity or collective militancy? With our panel consider the changing climate of industrial relations in Britain.

Speakers include John Hendy QC, Sarah Veale CBE (TUC) and Mark Clarke (Chief Executive, Trade Union Reform Campaign). The event will be chaired by Ed Sweeney (Chair of Acas).
Further speakers to be announced.

Reminiscence: Share your 1980s memories with us
Come along before the event from 6.30pm - 7.15pm and share your memories and photographs with us. Whether it's music or Margaret Thatcher, politics or pride, we would love to hear from you. There will also be the opportunity for your thoughts and mementos to feature in our next corridor display. Alternatively, you can email your memories of the 1980s to us.

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