Controversy on Combinations
In the session of 1823, William Huskisson had set out to destroy the industrial relations system of the silk industry at Spitalfields in London. During debate on the issue, he agreed that if the Commons supported him in his campaign, a committee would be appointed in the following year to reconsider the statutes which prohibited workers in general from undertaking collective bargaining and from emigrating.1 Huskisson achieved the majority he sought, and accordingly, on 12 February 1824, the promised committee was established.
KeywordsWage Rate Trade Union Collective Bargaining Wage Earner Wage Determination
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