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The Right to Strike$
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K. D. Ewing

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254393

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254393.001.0001

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Industrial Action and Social Welfare

Industrial Action and Social Welfare

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(p.89) [6] Industrial Action and Social Welfare
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The Right to Strike
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K. D. Ewing

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254393.003.0006

This chapter deals with the treatment of strikers in social welfare law. It considers the rights of access to social welfare benefits provided by the state to those who have no other sources of income or those whose supply of income is inadequate. Five schemes have been in operation to provide for the unemployed who do not have the means of personal support. These schemes are the poor law; unemployment assistance; national assistance; supplementary benefit; and income support. Policy on the payment of social welfare to strikers has been inspired throughout the 20th century by the Merthyr Tydfil decision of 1900.

Keywords:   Merthyr Tydfil, poor law, national assistance, supplementary benefit, 1980 reforms, social security

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