'Run with the fox and hunt with the hounds': managerial trade unionism and the British Association of Colliery Managers 1947-1994
AbstractThis article examines the evolution of managerial trade-unionism in the British coal industry, specifically focusing on the development of the British Association of Colliery Management (BACM) from 1947 until 1994. It explores the organization’s identity from its formation as a conservative staff association to its emergence as a distinct trade union, focusing on key issues: industrial action and strike cover; affiliation to the Trades Union Congress (TUC); colliery closures; and the privatization of the coal industry. It examines BACM’s relationship with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers (NACODS), the National Coal Board (NCB) and subsequently the British Coal Corporation (BCC). This is explored within the wider context of the growth of managerial trade unions in post-war Britain and managerial identity in nationalized industries.
CitationPerchard, A. & Gildart, K. (2018) 'Run with the fox and hunt with the hounds': Managerial Trade-Unionism and the British Association of Colliery Management, 1947–1994. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 39, pp. 79-110.
PublisherLiverpool University Press
JournalHistorical Studies in Industrial Relations
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