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The restoration of trade union conditions

Webb, Sidney (1917) The restoration of trade union conditions. Huebsch, New York.

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"Shortly after the outbreak of the war, the English government secured from the trade unions an agreement to give up all rules which restricted output. An explicit pledge was given that at the end of the war these conditions should be restored. Mr. Webb argues that it is impossible to keep this promise, partly because the loss of national income would be more than could be contemplated, and partly because of the opposition of employers and of the new classes of workmen. The danger, in his opinion, is that there will be a compromise, under which practically all the innovations will be retained and the unions will be left without the protection afforded by the old rules. As an alternative, Mr. Webb proposes a plan designed to preserve the increased national income and to secure the protection of the workman's standard of living. His program includes governmental action to secure the prevention of unemployment, the maintenance of standard rates, and collective bargaining. Apart from its interest as a contribution in an important question, the pamphlet is valuable as containing in brief space an exposition of Mr. Webb's philosophy of trade unionism." – Book review by "G. E. B." in The American Economic Review, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Mar., 1918), p. 144.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 122 p. The full text is available at the link.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D501 World War I
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 15:26
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 15:50

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