Britain’s Productivity Problem, 1948–1990 by M. Bufton

By M. Bufton

This quantity examines tried alterations to commercial family in Britain in the course of 1948-1990, designed to advertise institutional reforms of administration and alternate unions. particular concentration is given to the Donovan fee and different exchange union reforms, and earning guidelines to attach pay extra tightly with productiveness. foreign projects of the AACP, BPC, and EPA also are incorporated.

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R. Crafts. In Chapter 3 we shall look at the ways in which employees and unions in comparison with their continental counterparts responded to programmes trying to improve British productivity. Chapter 4 will explore the ways in which British governments have intervened in the economy and are said to have caused poor performance. Post 1945, governments had little interaction with the productivity agencies of the AACP, BPC, and EPA, and what involvement they did have has been written about well by authors Tomlinson and Tiratsoo, and Carew; so in Chapter 5 we will instead look at the productivity enhancing measures of the Donovan Commission and incomes policies, which aimed to promote trade union discipline, lessen restrictive practices, and closely connect workers’ pay with productivity.

Therefore it is more probable that whether a trade union retards or promotes technical innovation is as we saw a contingent empirical question. Some of the latest research states that with only small changes in the assumptions concerning the macroeconomic environment it is almost impossible to tell on an a priori basis how trade unions will affect microeonomic outcomes. The only conclusion that seems to hold in most circumstances is that trade unions will raise wages above the alternative ‘wage’ (Manning 1994).

24 The Donovan Commission was also aware of the relatively low investment in the UK and that ‘extreme union decenetralisation’ combined with the reluctance to change was becoming more and more damaging to technical change and that technical advance was making traditional labour 16 Britain’s Productivity Problem, 1948–1990 practices redundant, but did not lay primary blame upon the unions or workers (Cmnd 1968 3623). The attempts via income policies and the NBPI to restrain wage growth occurred because governments not only wanted to hold down inflation but also because they and firms did not want all productivity gains to be consumed by wage rises and thereby take away the incentives of firms to invest in new, more efficient technology.

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