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Power In Trade Unions: A Study Of Their Organisation in Great Britain - Victor Leonard Allen

Longmans, Green & Co., 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slightly heavier fading to the spine and light soiling to the lower panel. Leans slightly. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted & tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Part I examines the democratic principle in trade unions and illustrates the importance of their voluntary nature; it shows how checks are imposed on the use of power, how discipline is imposed on members and under what conditions and with what consequences compulsory trade unionism operates. Part II begins with an analysis of written union constitutions, presented in tabular form and described, in subsequent chapters, under the headings of policy-making, powers and functions of executive bodies, and union leadership. This last section fills a gap in our knowledge of leadership generally and shows the qualifications of union leaders, where they are drawn from, how they are selected and trained and what provisions there are for dismissal. The results of elections involving union leaders and actual dismissals are recorded. Some biographical details of 233 union leaders are tabulated in an appendix, showing their periods of office, the reasons for their relinquishing office and the posts they held before they became leaders. There are two other appendices. One is a case study of the development of a delegate meeting in the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, 1947-1952, and the other describes union voting methods and shows the extent of the use of the simple majority system, the second ballot, the elimination method and the single transferable vote, and what precautions unions take to ensure secrecy and to prevent fraud.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 323 pages.
£8.50