New Labour/hard labour? restructuring and resistance inside the welfare industry

Gerry Mooney (Editor), Alex Law (Editor)

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    There are an increasing number of studies devoted to an examination of New Labour's social policies. However, thus far there has been little in the way of substantive discussion of opposition to and conflict around key elements of New Labour's agenda for the welfare state and public sector, from those who are involved in the frontline implementation and delivery of welfare policies. Since the mid to late 1990s, there have been continual and recurring episodes of industrial action of various kinds involving social workers, teachers, lecturers, nurses, hospital ancillary staff, nursery nurses, home helps and local authority librarians among others. Welfare delivery has become a central point of industrial relations disputes in the UK today. This book provides the first critically informed discussion of work and workers in the UK welfare sector under New Labour. It examines the changing nature of work and explores the context of industrial relations across the welfare industry. While the main focus is on the workforce in state welfare, this is set within the context of recent and current shifts in the mixed economy of welfare between state, private and third sector organisations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBristol
    PublisherPolicy Press
    Number of pages312
    ISBN (Print)9781861348333
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Labour Party (Great Britain)
    • Human services personnel
    • Industrial relations
    • Public welfare


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