The Economic crisis of 1929 onwards: Context and Consequences

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  • Collapse of the General strike
    • Some hoped class warfare would increase - but opposite happened
    • Increase in class collaboration
      • e.g. Baldwin said all workers should take wage cuts to help economy
        • employers did not cut wages
          • maybe preffered industrial peace
    • Cleared the air
      • showed employers that workers had legitimate grievences
      • showed trade unions that direct action was not a good idea
        • only as last resort
    • Move towards more moderate trade unions
      • Ernest Bevin (TUC leader) started talks with employers
        • 1928 Monde-Turner talks
          • aimed to improve industrial conditions
          • working with employers…


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