A Business and Labour History of Britain: Case studies of by Mike Richardson, Peter Nicholls (eds.)

By Mike Richardson, Peter Nicholls (eds.)

By bringing jointly and significantly attractive with bills of convinced issues in company and labour heritage, and using unique learn, this booklet goals to widen figuring out of business society and supply a history to extra learn and learn within the zone administration and labour kinfolk history.

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Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire (Penguin: 1969). T. R. Gourvish, Mark Huish and the London & North Western Railway: A Study of Management (Leicester University Press: 1972), p. 26. A. ), The Division of Labour. The Labour Process and Class Struggle in Modern Capitalism (Harvester Press: 1978). Gorz traces the steps along which handicraft production finally gave way to early factory systems, clearly indicating that it was not the technology that forced the change but the need to subdue the refractory tempers of work people that provided the logic for forcing individual craft workers into a single place of work under one roof.

As a consequence hourly paid men received much less remuneration than men paid by the mile. To make up their wages they had to work longer hours (working double and sometimes triple Labour, management and control 21 trips). 28 Fines would continue right up to the twentieth century as a constant threat to workers. With the prospect of being thrown into debt from relatively minor infringements, and a harsh approach to dismissal, most employees would acquiesce rather than confront a dictatorial management.

In the 40 years before the Great War, first the British Civil Service. 6 By contrast, and apart from data processing staff in the largest insurance companies, notably the Prudential, relatively few female workers in Britain found employment in financial services before 1914. The data processing requirements of the exceptions noted here, the Civil Service, the GPO and the NSB,7 even in the late nineteenth century, are significant here. In more recent years the use of computers by the high street banks has been an obvious feature of financial services provision.

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