The years 1964-79 constitute an exciting, turbulent period in labour history and the high tide of trade unionism in twentieth-century Britain. Popular mythology and contemporary political, and even academic discourse remembers Transport Workers' leader, Jack Jones, as more powerful than the Prime Minister and the unions running the country into the ground, until the explosion of the Winter of Discontent which paved the way for Thatcherism.
Individual essays chart the position of men and women in work, assess the impact of immigration and map industrial politics. Case studies open up other fields: unions' relations with the Labour Party, media coverage, union education, the Cold War and the diverse political forces from Labourism to Trotskyism forging industrial relations. This path-breaking analysis provides an excellent guide to the trade unionism and militancy of the 1960s and 1970s.