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Fine, Ben (2023) 'Discrimination through Bargaining Structures: Gender Bias in the National Coal Board and British Coal.' Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 44 (1). pp. 63-74.

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In its analysis of the pay determination of British Coal canteen workers, this article introduces that by Kathy O’Donnell, who argues that, in all but name, canteen workers were part of a single bargaining structure that included male surface mineworkers. It is drawn from the evidence prepared for the National Union of Mineworkers in late 1990 in support of an equal pay claim for female canteen workers and cleaners employed by British Coal. The claim was successful. Two points clearly emerge. First, job segregation allowed women workers to be placed in a separate grading structure from men, and even if there was some overlap between the two at the bottom of the one and at the top of the other, the situation was one in which there was no effective difference from the operation of a single grading structure. But for this institutional segregation, there would have been a much more transparent instance of pay discrimination.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 13621572
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 44 (1). pp. 63-74 (2023), published by Liverpool University Press. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 08:20

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