From Humble Petition to Militant Action — A History of the Civil and Public Services Association 1903-1978 - Eric WighamThe Civil and Public Services Association, 1980, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily faded at the spine, less so at the panels and slightly discoloured overall. Edges of the text block lightly tanned, onto the margins of the leaves. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the preface: “The Civil and Public Services Association (CPSA), with its 225,000 members the largest union in the Civil Service, had its origin in the formation of the Assistant Clerks’ Association, with less than 400 members, on March 2, 1903. Great national lock-outs and strikes, such as those which mark the history of big industrial unions, arc not to be found in its 75 years, but few organisations have been so constantly engaged in external and internal conflict and few have produced such brilliantly aggressive personalities. From the beginning it faced the apparently insurmountable task of extracting concessions from the most powerful monopoly of all, the Government of the country. The members felt themselves ill-paid and down-trodden, but the weapons at their disposal were pitiably weak. Their only right was to send a memorial or petition, couched in the most humble terms, to departmental heads, who might reply or not as they wished. They were unrecognised and had no negotiating rights.”
Size: 10" x 7¾"
Number of Pages: 239
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