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Neoliberalism and trade unions in Britain

Cushion, Steve; (2020) Neoliberalism and trade unions in Britain. Tempo Social , 32 (1) pp. 11-28. 10.11606/0103-2070.ts.2020.165088. Green open access

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Abstract

For the past 30 years, Britain's ruling class has been deeply split over membership of the European Union. This came to a head over the referendum on so-called "Brexit". The Conservative Party (Tories) was split into "Remain" and "Leave" wings, both neoliberal, but with a different interpretation of the best way to make profits for the section of British capitalism each represents. Meanwhile the Labour Party is divided between the pro-business, neoliberal wing and the social democratic, reformist wing. The trade unions, with one or two notable exceptions, have conducted their activities within the parameters of parliamentary politics and desperately hoped for a Labour victory. The recent general election gave complete victory to the "Leave" Tories, which is potentially disastrous for the trade unions and their members.

Type: Article
Title: Neoliberalism and trade unions in Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.11606/0103-2070.ts.2020.165088
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.11606/0103-2070.ts.2020.165088
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Sociology, Neoliberalism, Trade Unions, Britain, Brexit
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159403
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