No steel, no TV, and no burgers: how industrial action in a single company threatened to bring the British economy to a standstill

Stokes, R. and Banken, R. (2009) No steel, no TV, and no burgers: how industrial action in a single company threatened to bring the British economy to a standstill. Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 50(2), pp. 219-230. (doi:10.1524/jbwg.2009.0023)

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Abstract

Because of its centrality to other industries, combined with its high levels of capital intensity in its production and distribution networks which hinder market entry for competition, the industrial gases industry, which produces gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and acetylene, is of central importance to the industrial economy. The same characteristics make it simultaneously highly vulnerable to disruption. This article considers the causes, course, and consequences of industrial action at British Oxygen Company (BOC) in 1977, followed by threats of industrial action in the following two years. The company's actions are considered in the oontext of the political and economic climate of the period.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stokes, Professor Ray
Authors: Stokes, R., and Banken, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Publisher:De Gruyter Akademie Forschung
ISSN:0075-2800
ISSN (Online):2196-6842
Published Online:16 April 2010

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