What were the causes of the General Strike in 1926?
- Little contribution to activities of the General Strike.
- 1923 first interest in trade union activity
- Support in General Strike incidental, not central to events.
- Wages forced down in other industries 1921-1926
- 1924 GB coal boom from overseas drop in production
- Abolish national minimum wage to cut wages by 13-48% announced 30th June 1925 (3/4 of production costs were from Labour)
- Maintain standard profits no matter how low wages fell
- Poor conditions through '24 boom, '22-24 3,600 dead
- Refused to accept Samuel Report (only temporary 10% wage cut, amalgamation of pit management, 7-hour day, develop mines)
- Lock out miners 30th April for refusal to accept wage reduction.
Industrial Militancy build up
- Industrial militancy shown from 1910
- Associated with Tom Mana and syndicalism
- Number of strikers and days lost to strke decreased 1921-26
- 1921 86 million days lost
- 1922 20 million days lost
- 1925 8 million days lost
- Coal exports more expensive than French coal from Churchill's overvaluation…