Working-Class Organisations and Popular Tourism, 1840-1970

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Manchester University Press, May 20, 2005 - History - 237 pages
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Today, many people take the idea of holidays for granted and regard the provision of paid time off as a right. This book argues that popular tourism has its roots in collective organisation and charts the development of the working class holiday over two centuries. This study recounts how short, unpaid and often unauthorised periods of leave from work became organised and legitimised through legislation, culminating with the Holidays with Pay Act of 1938. Moreover, this study finds that it was through collective activity by workers--through savings clubs, friendly societies and union activity--that the working class were originally able to take holidays, and it was as a result of collective bargaining and campaigning that paid holidays were eventually secured for all.
  

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Contents

tourism before 1850
23
the origins of
41
Holidays without pay
73
Collective bargaining for holidays with pay
107
Accommodation for workingclass visitors
133
planning for workers needs after
179
Brits abroad
198
Conclusion
216
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Susan Barton studied for her PhD at de Montfort University in Leicester. Her research focuses on social history, particularly the history of tourism.

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