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New Left Review I/23, January-February 1964


Ken Coates

Workers’ Control

Whenever the Labour movement is able to abandon the defensive postures which have regrettably come to seem ‘normal’ during long stretches of its history, and whenever, then, it begins to step over the borders of its allotted prerogatives, one begins to hear again the noise of argument about workers’ control. Left Clubs, of course, have for several years endlessly discussed about guilds, syndicalism, self-management, etc. But until very recently they talked largely to themselves. The main part of the trade unions remained snugly torpid: the motto of the tuc could well have been lifted from article one of the Agreement between the Engineering employers and the Confederation:

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