Type: Process Essays
Sample donated: Laurence Hall
Last updated: May 21, 2019
The General Council of the Trades Union Congress began the 1926 General Strike lasting from May 3 to May 12 1926 in the Great Britain was the 1926 General Strike. 1.7 million workers went out in a failing effort to forbid cutbacks on income and the bad conditions for 1.
2 million coal miners. There was insufficient effects made by the nine day strike. Over long periods of time the strike did not affect the trade union or industrial relations. Years before the start of the strike the problems were being created by the First World War. In the time of the First World War there was much more coal used in Great Britain meaning that there was less money being made for the coal.
Coal creation was at its shortest. During this time period Great Britain sent less coal than in peaceful times because it was being used in Great Britain. Because they were not sending out as much of their coal the United States, Poland, and Germany began to create a large coal business for themselves and benefited from it. The cost of coal cut down because of the Dawes Plan made in 1924.
This plan made it possible for Germany to continue in selling coal. When the Dawes Plan was made Germany started by selling “free coal” to France and Italy as they were in the process of making amends for their injury done during the First World War. The golden standard became popular again. The golden standard was made by Winston Churchill in 1925. The golden standard made Britain too large to have their coal send effectively. Because of this Britain was not allowed to send their coal. They were said to be hurting smaller coal mining businesses because of their growth in coal mining.
The strike made a large effect on the coal mining jobs. By the high 1930’s coal mining jobs fell by more than one third from before the strike when there were 1.2 million miners. Production made a comeback as during the strike they produced 200 tons by each miner and before the start of the Second World War they were producing more than 300 tons by each miner. Mine owners wanted to control income in times of money and in times they did not make as much. To do this they would lower the amount the miners made in their work to get more themselves.
The coal mining business was unorganized at this time. Much of this happened by the works being scheduled longer hours as well as taking money from the miners. Miners opposed for a few months before they had to enter the mines again because of their own needs. By late November most miners were working again but some coal miners were inactive in working for many years after that. The workers were working longer hours and lower pay as they came back to work.
The workers then felt that the strike did not make a difference. As the strike ended there were some communities that ignored the strikers for the rest of their time. This was sometimes done by being called or calling someone a scab.The movement made no effect for the trades union congress and the trade union stayed active but stayed the same.