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Combination and Conspiracy: A Legal History of Trade Unionism 1721-1906

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John V. OrthProfessor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, USA

ISBN13: 9780198252993
ISBN: 0198252994
Published: March 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

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This work covers the formative era of English labour law from the 18th century when organizations of skilled workers emerged from the guild system, to the early 20th century when national unions used their democratic political power to secure a favourable legal regime. The notorious Combination 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 law of conspiracy. This book rescues from obscurity the Molestation of Workmen Act in the mid-19th century, the product of a curious collaboration by trade unionists and Conservative politicians, and integrates it with changing notions of contract as the basis of industrial relations. Finally, the book presents the foundations of modern labour law, the legislation of the 1870s (as amended in 1906), as the culmination of a centuries-long process of statutory and precedential development. The book should interest students and scholars of labour law and trade union law, as well as some historians and trade unionists.

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Employment Law, Legal History
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.