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Combination and Conspiracy : A Legal History of Trade Unionism 1721-1906 - John V. Orth

Combination and Conspiracy

A Legal History of Trade Unionism 1721-1906

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Published: 27th June 1991
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Combination and Conspiracy covers the formative era of English Labor law, from the eighteenth century when organizations of skilled workers emerged from the guild system to the early twentieth century when national unions used their democratic political power to secure a favorable legal regime. The notorious Combinations Acts of 1799 and 1800 are placed firmly in the context of the preceding series of statutes for particular trades and places, as well as related to the developing common law of criminal conspiracy. The Molestation of Workman Act in the mid-nineteenth century, the product of a curious collaboration by trade unionists and conservative politicians, is rescued from obscurity and integrated with changing notions of contract as the basis for industrial relations. Finally, the foundations of modern labor law, the legislation of the 1870s (as amended in 1906), are presented as the culmination of a centuries-long process of statutory and precedential development.

`This is a closely argued, well-written study.' Robert Pinker, Times Literary Supplement `succinct book ... It is a superb statement of pre-modern British trade union law, a vital resource for readers who want to know exactly what the law said' American Journal of Legal History 'the book is useful for the historian because it lists and analyses more precisely than ever before all the Acts of Parliament passed on collective labour relations between 1721 and 1906, as well as the most important precedents in the common law of conspiracy ... The book will be of great benefit to anyone wishing to discover how the trade unions in England in the early 20th cenury came to be in such an exceptionally favourable legal position.' German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Volume XVI, No. 1, February 1994 `the book is useful for the historian because it lists and analyses more precisely than ever before all the Acts of Parliament passed on collective labour relations between 1721 and 1906, as well as the most important precedents in the common law of conspiracy ... the book will be of great benefit to anyone wishing to discover how the trade unions in England in the early 20th century came to be in such an exceptionally favourable legal position.' German Historical Institute Bulletin 'the book is useful for the historian because it lists and analyses more precisely than ever before all the Acts of Parliament passed on collective labour relations between 1721 and 1906, as well as the most important precedents in the common law of conspiracy ... The book will be of great benefit to anyone wishing to discover how the trade unions in England in the early 20th century came to be in such an exceptionally favourable legal position.' Willibald Steinmetz, German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Volume XVI, No. 1, February 1994

Combination - 1721-1799; conspiracy - criminal law; combination - 1799-1824; combination - 1824-1859; conspiracy - restraint of trade; master and servant; the law of srikes - 1859-1871; after 1871 - employers and workmen.

ISBN: 9780198252993
ISBN-10: 0198252994
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th June 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.53