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

By M. Bufton

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

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Conclusion The judgements made of the effectiveness of the productivity initiatives have been lukewarm. The productivity organisations, such as the AACP and or the BPC have gone down in history in a rather pessimistic light. Tomlinson said of the AACP that, ‘In a simple sense we may say that the AACP failed because the weapon it used – basically the productivity teams and their reports – were hardly adequate to scale the problems of British industry’ (Tomlinson 1991a: 89). Dartmann says the AACP failed completely because it was designed for the purpose of promoting a co-determination (similar to that created in Germany in the immediate years after the War) between British labour and capital (Dartmann 1996a: 4–5, 326, 335).

Trade unions as a cause of Britain’s economic troubles have been a consistent thread through Conservative interpretations of British economic history from the 1950s onwards (Tomlinson 2001: 55–8). As we will see in Chapter 5 in the 1960s the setting-up of the Donovan Commission was a product of the growing perception that unions were slowing down Britain’s growth rate. The productivity agencies and trade unionists were aware of the need to increase Britain’s productivity growth rate and improve Britain’s economic performance.

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. Conclusion The judgements made of the effectiveness of the productivity initiatives have been lukewarm. The productivity organisations, such as the AACP and or the BPC have gone down in history in a rather pessimistic light.

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