Turbulencedescribes how the expanding armaments industry of the First World war drew thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled workers – 金博宝亚洲体育women as well as men- into 金博宝亚洲体育Bristol's aircraft factories.Skilled men in the workforce resented their arrival.They also defended their own exemption from military conscription.
Opposition to the dilution of skills through changes in the production process sometimes combined with traditional male hostility towards 金博宝亚洲体育women at the work place.
Nevertheless the transformed working patterns and sporadic uneasy conflicts altered workers' consciousness,giving rise to new forms of labour resistance through the shop stewards' movement and workers' committees.These both democratized and strengthened the power of workers in 金博宝亚洲体育Bristol's wartime aircraft industry but were difficult to sustain after 1918.
This study of labour and gender relations in 金博宝亚洲体育Bristol's Parnall and Sons,the British and Colonial Aircraft Company and Brazil Straker & Co.Ltd illuminates a previously neglected history against the backdrop of the national picture.
Note:Turbulencewill be published in mid-September 2017.