New Labour/Hard Labour?: Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry
Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry
Welfare delivery has become a central point of industrial relations disputes in the UK today. 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 caregivers, etc. There are an increasing number of studies devoted to an examination of the UK's New Labour social policies. However, there has been little in the way of substantive discussion regarding opposition to, and conflict around, key elements of New Labour's agenda for the welfare state and public sector. New Labour/Hard Labour? provides the first critically informed discussion of work and workers in the UK welfare sector under New Labour, examines the changing nature of work, and explores the context of industrial relations across the welfare industry. The books focus on welfare at the point of its production makes it unique.
Gerry Mooney is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Staff Tutor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. With Gill Scott he is co-editor of Exploring Social Policy in the 'New' Scotland, Policy Press 2005. He has also written widely on issues of class, the sociology of the city and social policy in the context of devolution. Alex Law is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay Dundee. He has published in the areas of national identity, workplace restructuring, class, urban sociology, mass communications, and social theory.
"This timely collection illuminates a very important aspect of the New Labour regime - its tough and often hostile approach to workers within the welfare state. This has received scant attention from social scientists, but this book provides an expert and critical survey across a wide range of the salient issues with an appropriate emphasis on workers' resistance." Norman Ginsburg, London Metropolitan University