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Unite History Volume 6 (1992-2010): The TGWU - Unity for a New Era
This is the final book in a series of volumes on the history of the Transport & General Workers' Union (T&G).
After the neo-liberal assault on the unions and working people more generally carried through by Margaret Thatcher and John Major in the 1980s and 1990s, the unions, including the T&G, were faced with making some tough decisions about their future. The T&G initially turned to restructuring and engaged US management consultants to make recommendations about how the union should be moulded to fit the fast approaching new millennium. In other parts of the world at this time, particularly in the US and Australia, forward thinking unions were realising that the way out of the crisis was to switch from what was called the servicing model, where the union did things for its members, to an organising model, where the union did things with its members, and early in the millennium, the political and industrial logic of forming a large general workers' union became more and more apparent.
This fascinating volume looks at this history of the T&G, and considers how a three way union merger eventually became a reality with the merger of the T&G and Amicus to form Unite.
The author, Adrian Weir, has a background in the engineering industry where he was a shop steward and held other representative positions. He subsequently became an official with the Transport & General Workers' Union, retiring as Assistant Chief of Staff of Unite in 2021.