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The General Strike of 1926

The failure of trade unions to challenge government is illustrated in this Punch cartoon of 19 May 1926.
The failure of trade unions to challenge government is illustrated in this Punch cartoon of 19 May 1926.
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The General Strike began on 4 May 1926 and was the first of its kind. The number of strikers was overwhelming - falling between 1.5 and 1.75 million people. The strike chartered new territory for workers by closing mines, transport, newspapers, docks and power stations.

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Further reading

  • Pelling, H., The History of British Trade Unionism (London: Macmillan, 1987)
  • Taylor, R., The TUC: from the General Strike to the New Trade Unionism (London: Palgrave, 2000)
  • Lowe, R., Adjusting to Democracy: The Role of the Ministry of Labour in British Politics (Oxford: Clarendon, 1986)
  • Wrigley, C.J., The Trade Unions between the Wars In Wrigley, C.J. ed., A History of British Industrial Relations 1914-1939 (Brighton: Harvester, 1987)