Why did the 1926 General Strike fail?


Why did the 1926 General Strike fail?

Laybourn- 'The only occassion on which there has been a substantial national strike in support of any industrial group of workers in Britain.' 

Hester-Barron- 'Moderate Labour men favoured the advance of Labour through political reform'.

A.J. Cook 'we have already beaten not only the employers but the strongest government in modern times' (Aftermath of Red Friday)

Gordon Phillips- 'Even wealthy unions couldn't have afforded to continue for very long'


  • Even members of their general council had reservations about joining the strike. 
  • They feared greater repercussions for the Trade Union movement if they carried on a longer and probably unsuccessful strike. 
  • Weren't necessarily reliable as they had abadoned miners once in the 1921 'triple alliance'.
  • Only partaking because they felt obliged to do so after abandoning them. 
  • They were not prepared. Hoped they could negotiate and had not made extra plans, by 12th of May had already used 4 million of their 12.5 million strike fund. 


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