Complete 8 pages APA formatted article: Role of the State in British Industrial Relations Since 1980. The most important reason due to which the reforms took place was the emergence of the socialist movement in the labor market. Before 1970, wage slavery was very prominent in Britain and France. The industrialists and factory owners had the ability to hire and fire workers and managers to fulfill their personal interests and benefits. The socialist movements and implementation of Marx’s theory began to spread widely in the industrial sectors after 1979. It is important to understand the reason for the interference of the state in employment relations. The changing roles played by the government of different political parties in Great Britain have been very important, while shaping industrial relations.
The state has played many important roles while changing the industrial relations in Britain from 1979-1997. For example, the police and military have been deployed during strikes and courts have passed laws and judgments to change the relationships between employees, unions, and managers. The state particularly has initiated policies and implemented legislation to control the power of industrialists. The main motive of the state is to preserve workers’ interest and develop an industrial atmosphere where factory owners and workers both can work peacefully. The workers union has been observed to be aggressive in the 20th century because of the emergence of the socialist movements. As suggested by Carl Marx in his theory, “there should be equality in the society for the betterment of people.” Undoubtedly, Marx’s theory attracted many people along with workers of different organizations but the practical implication of the theory is inappropriate. The appeals made by workers union have forced the state to take steps in changing industrial relationships in past (Williams and Adam-Smith, 2010, p.29). The main objective of the state interventions were .maintaining high levels of employment, maintaining the balance of payment surplus, ensuring price stability and protection of the exchange rate.