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Assembling CulturesWorkplace Activism, Labour Militancy and Cultural Change in Britain's Car Factories, 1945-82$
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Jack Saunders

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526133397

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526133403

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Decentralised direct democracy, 1964–68

Decentralised direct democracy, 1964–68

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Assembling Cultures

Jack Saunders

Manchester University Press

After two decades of time-consuming activism by the mid-1960s, a new system of industrial relations had taken shape in the British motor industry. This chapter shows how that system operated, documenting the high levels of workgroup autonomy that produces the industry’s patterns of small wildcat strikes. I show how organising around shop meetings of a small size allowed workplace trade unionism to offer agency to union members, but only within quite strict limits. The possibilities and constraints of this method of organising in turn shaped the rationalities employed by workers.

Keywords:   Rationalities, Autonomy, Workplace democracy, 1960s, Social practices

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