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British Strike Ends and Continues

12 May 1926
Coll. Postgate, nr. 7

The great British 1926 general strike officially lasted ten days. It started on May 3 to protest against a planned reduction in miners' wages. The strike effectively stopped all activity. The Trade Union Congress sided with with the Labour government and called off the strike on May 12. The miners refused to agree, and continued their strike until the end of November. Then, beaten and forced to accept lower wages and longer working hours, they returned to work.
The IISH has a special collection of strike bulletins from all regions as well as the total coverage of the British press in May 1926.