John Smith's settlement? The work of the 1992-1993 Labour Party Trade Union Links Review Group

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Abstract

In this article, I examine the work of the 1992-1993 Labour party trade union links review group. I ask whether the measures it proposed amounted to a new, durable settlement which governed internal relationships within the party. I detail disagreements amongst trade unions over the format that parliamentary selections should take; I evaluate the demands for reform of the party-union link; I ask whether support for reform and for OMOV was falling in the early 1990s; I consider whether unions launched a ‘no say no pay campaign’ with regard to the Labour party; I assess how much restraint was demonstrated at this time by Labour’s affiliated unions; and I consider what might have been at stake in these debates more generally. I conclude that there was considerable antagonism in party-union relations during the early 1990s and that the work of the review group did not amount to an enduring settlement
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)21
Number of pages46
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Volume47
Issue number1
Early online date19 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Labour party
  • trade unions
  • modernisation
  • parliamentary selections
  • leadership elections

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