They should have sorted it out in 1975: The newmarket stable lads' strike

Miller, J. (2012) They should have sorted it out in 1975: The newmarket stable lads' strike. Under consideration for publication in Historical Studies in Industrial Relations. ISSN 1362-1572 [Submitted] Available from:

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Stable staff, commonly referred to as ‘lads’ irrespective of gender, started to organise in trade unions from the early 20th century, being represented by the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) from the 1920s until the 1980s. They proved capable of taking industrial action, despite working in the small firms setting of racing stables. This article will first investigate the development of trade union membership, pay bargaining and strike activity in racing stables, culminating in the 1975 stable lads’ strike in Newmarket. It will then present the aftermath of the strike, the creation of national collective bargaining machinery, the National Joint Council for Stable Staff (NJCSS) and the destabilisation of the TGWU through the creation of an employer dominated association, the Stable Lads’ Association (SLA).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:horse racing industry, small firms, industrial relations, strikes, collective bargaining
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:16753
Deposited By: Dr J. Miller
Deposited On:09 May 2012 11:43
Last Modified:05 Aug 2017 21:16

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