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Publication - Professor Mark Wickham-Jones

    John Smith's settlement?

    The work of the 1992-1993 Labour Party Trade Union Links Review Group


    Wickham-Jones, M, 2016, ‘John Smith's settlement?: The work of the 1992-1993 Labour Party Trade Union Links Review Group’. Industrial Relations Journal, vol 47., pp. 21


    In this article, I examine the work of the 1992-1993 Labour party trade union links review group. I ask whether the measures it proposed amounted to a new, durable settlement which governed internal relationships within the party. I detail disagreements amongst trade unions over the format that parliamentary selections should take; I evaluate the demands for reform of the party-union link; I ask whether support for reform and for OMOV was falling in the early 1990s; I consider whether unions launched a ‘no say no pay campaign’ with regard to the Labour party; I assess how much restraint was demonstrated at this time by Labour’s affiliated unions; and I consider what might have been at stake in these debates more generally. I conclude that there was considerable antagonism in party-union relations during the early 1990s and that the work of the review group did not amount to an enduring settlement

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