Under stress but still enduring: the contentious alliance in the age of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown

McIlroy, John (2008) Under stress but still enduring: the contentious alliance in the age of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. In: Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World: British Trade Unions under New Labour. Daniels, Gary and McIlroy, John, eds. Routledge Research in Employment Relations . Routledge, London, pp. 165-201. ISBN 9780415426633, pbk-ISBN 9780415603096, e-ISBN 9780203887738. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9780203887738-12)

Abstract

Heckles, jeers, silence and a walkout greeted Tony Blair’s last speech to the TUC in September 2006. Commentators reflected on what a world of difference nine years can make. In 1997 Blair had been treated to a rapturous welcome and tumultuous standing ovation as Congress acclaimed the end of 18 years of Conservative rule. ‘The rhetoric of opposition’, TUC general secretary John Monks remarked, ‘is no longer appropriate’ (TUC 1997: 4). Within a few short years many union leaders spoke little else. As Blair prepared to quit Downing Street, relations between a Labour government and the unions were at their lowest ebb since the Winter of Discontent of 1978-9.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > Business School
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Item ID: 14258
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 15 May 2021 03:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14258

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