The Committee on Trade Union Policy and Organisation

March 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring92, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p22
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The article discusses the Keatinge Committee report, which presents a comprehensive analysis of the structure, composition and purpose of the Conservative trade union movement in Great Britain. The report concluded that Conservative trade unionists should be active in their union and concentrate on factory and union branch activity as their main aim was to combat socialist and Communist influence, but they were also to advise the party on union and workplace issues. The basic organizational unit was the factory group, geographically combined in a Conservative Council of Trade Unionists which though part of the constituency association would have no electoral functions as overt identification with the Conservative Party would damage them. Group members did not now have to be party members: 'the aim should be to attract all who are anti- Socialist or anti-Communist


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