General Strike

General Strike in United Kingdom

History of the General Strike, 1926

The following commentary about General Strike, 1926 in the Churchill Era is produced by the Churchill College (Cambridge): The General Strike lasted from 3 May to 12 May 1926. It was called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress “in defence of miners’ wages and hours” after mine-owners extended the seven-hour working day and announced district wage-agreements and wage cuts of between 10 and 25 percent. The TUC called out their members in the key industries, including railway and transport workers, dockers, printers, builders, iron and steel workers in an unsuccessful attempt to force the Government to support them, but abandoned the General Strike after nine days. The miners continued to strike for several more months but eventually had to accept the new conditions.


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