Causes of the General Strike


Causes of the General Strike 

Long Term Causes 1921-1926 

  • The change in indusrial relations from the first world war (glasgow rent strike and nationalisation of welsh pits) 
  • The fall in price of coal, unemployment hitting 1 million
  • Rising union discontent after Black Friday, formation of AEU and TGWU in 1921 
  • 1925 decision to return to the gold standard, led to more expensive imports and further reduction in wages 
  • between 1921 and 1925 workers saw a wage reduction of £12 million a week

Red Friday (Immediate Cause) 1925

  • Coal


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