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Gifts & Deals
May 16, 2017
| ISBN 9781910924921
May 16, 2017
| ISBN 9781910924839
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May 16, 2017 | ISBN 9781910924921
May 16, 2017 | ISBN 9781910924839
‘Equal Opportunities’ policies were first modelled in Britain in the early 1980s. In 1980, the Commission for Racial Equality listed 73 employers who had adopted their draft Equal Opportunities policy. By 2004, three quarters of all workplaces had a formal written Equal Opportunities policy, up from 64 per cent in 1998. Trying to understand why the Equal Opportunities revolution happened, when the conditions seemed so hostile to such change, is the goal of this book.
At the start of the 1980s no employer had heard of an “equal opportunities policy” – by the end three-quarters of all those in work were covered by one. This is the story of the “equal opportunities revolution” at work. It explains why bosses took equal opportunities on board just as they were tearing up union rights at work. It asks why greater rights led to greater inequality, and why advances in race and sex equality ran alongside social inequality. It shows how the equal opportunities revolution became the general model for workplace relations in the decades that followed, and how it did not challenge, but rather perfected the liberalisation of labour law. The right won the economic war, the left won the culture war – and this book explains how.
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