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The collapse of consensus

Household appliances of 1962.
Consumer goods became more widely available in the 1960s and the standard of living rose.

Industrial unrest and strike action marked the unions' relationship with government, causing a state of national emergency, the defeat of the conservatives and a three-day week.

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Further reading

  • Pelling, H., The History of British Trade Unionism (London: Macmillan, 1987)
  • Taylor, R., The TUC: from the General Strike to the New Unionism (London: Palgrave, 1987)
  • Dutton, D., British Politics since 1945: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Consensus (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997)
  • Wrigley, C., Trade Unions, Strikes and the Government In Coopey, R & Woodward, N. ed., Britain in the 1970s: the Troubled Economy (London: UCL Press, 1996)