An Introduction to Trade Unionism

An Introduction to Trade Unionism

An Introduction to Trade Unionism

An Introduction to Trade Unionism

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As long ago as 1918 I published a book with the title An Introduction to Trade Unionism, and with much the same intention as lies behind the present volume. This earlier book, in a revised form, was re-issued in 1924 with the title Organised Labour. It has been long out of print. In 1939 I edited, and wrote a considerable part of, a volume entitled British Trade Unionism To-day, in which I had the collaboration of a number of Trade Union leaders and other experts in the sections dealing with particular industries and problems. This work was re-issued in 1945, but has now been out of print for a considerable time. On account of its collaborative character, it would be exceedingly difficult to revise; and the situation has changed to such an extent as to exclude the mere revision of my earlier volume. I have accordingly now written an entirely new book, in which nothing survives from that of 1918 except a single chart illustrating some of the complexities of Trade Union organisation. This was re-drawn from my original by Miss M. Pulsford, then associated with the Labour Research Department, for which my original draft was prepared. With this one exception the present volume is entirely new. I have to thank Mr. Arthur Deakin, of the Transport and General Workers' Union, and Mr. T. Williamson, of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers, for help in compiling the table dealing with the ramifications of the membership of these two vast organisations; and I have also to thank a large number of Trade Union secretaries who have kindly supplied me with documents and information.

G. D. H. COLE

All Souls College, Oxford April 1953 . . .

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