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Labour Relations, Brandon Packers Strike, Human Factors, Economic Factors, Violence, Legal Training


The Brandon packers' strike of 1960 was, as Professor MacDowell suggests, "a minor affair, involving only one hundred and ten employees"1 and lasting six months, but it is the basis for a most interesting case study. A wondrous selection of "classic" factors and some "specials" were involved. A modest, one-man company was sold to "financiers" and, a young ambitious manager was appointed, ready and willing to break the established pattern of collective bargaining on the ground that the company could not afford to pay the union demands. There was tension within the union local between the "old guard" and "new guard". There were allegations that union officials had misled the membership about the company's last offer, and there was an attempt by the company to negotiate directly with the employees, by-passing the union. The strike was legal but the strikers were dismissed and, finally, the strike was marked by violence which resulted in minor criminal convictions.


Document also includes a book reviews of Contemporary Punishment: Views, Explanations and Justifications by John Willis; Studies in Criminal Law and Procedure by MR Goode; The Meaning of Criminal Insanity by Richard Arens; Libel and Slander by Harold Luntz; Les Droits de l'Homme et les Libertis Publiques par les Textes by LC Green; Amnesty International Report on Torture by LC Green; and International Legal Aspects of Federalism by Thomas Allen Levy.

Innis Christie's review starts on page 638 of PDF.