An Outline of the British Labor Movement

An Outline of the British Labor Movement

An Outline of the British Labor Movement

An Outline of the British Labor Movement

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I have often been impressed with the deep interest which is displayed by American students of public affairs in the growth, organization, spirit, methods, aims and ideals of the British labor movement. It is remarkable the number of investigators who come individually or in groups to study labor conditions and labor organization in this country. Business men, financial magnates, educationalists, university professors, students, political thinkers, professional men and women, trade-union research workers—men and women of all classes, interests and opinions—devote a considerable amount of their time when visiting England to making a close personal study of industrial and political labor, of its sections, its schools of thought, its tendencies and its personalities.

Perhaps this is due in a measure to two outstanding facts: (a) that the organized labor movement in Britain is regarded almost universally as the most powerful, highly organized, and progressive working class organization in the world, and (b) that the political labor movement is expected soon to be called upon to assume the responsibilities of national government. The British Trade Union movement is the pioneer working class movement, and its long history, which is crowded with the varied experiences that are inseparable from pioneer work and which offers valuable lessons and guides to newer movements of a similar character, is a rich mine for present day students . . .

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