The Defeat of the General Strike
On 4 May 1926, in response to a policy decision of the T.U.C. General Council, workers in the railways, road transport, the docks, iron and steel, printing, heavy chemicals, building, gas and electricity supply, withdrew their labour in support of the coal miners, who were already out on strike. It was a massive demonstration of solidarity. By it, the T.U.C. hoped to force Baldwin’s Conservative government to alter its policy on the coal industry. The T.U.C. wanted the government to accept the union contention that, before the miners were asked to accept reasonable wage reductions, the government should guarantee that speedy and effective reorganisation of the capital side of the coal industry would be implemented. In effect, the T.U.C. were demanding equality of sacrifice in coal, and were serving notice that they would not let the miners bear the brunt of the adjustment necessary to restore the prosperity of the economically depressed British coal trade.
KeywordsRoad Transport Union Leader Coal Industry Royal Commission General Council
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