B ; trade unions ; strike + gov '26 ; reasons for general strike

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change in industrial relations brought about by?
2 of 97
fall in production and price of?
3 of 97
trade union discontent after embarrasment of?
black friday
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determination of mine owners to do what even in unstable economic period?
maintain profits
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by doing which two things?
cutting wages / raising hours
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return to gold standard in?
7 of 97
and overvalued?
strength of pound
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why did business owners esp coal mine owners making loss from '21-'26 make effort to cut wages?
recapture international markets
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'21-'25 workers saw total avg fall wages of how much per week?
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yet wage production didn't do what?
increase british competitiveness
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instead did what which further increased unemployment?
reduced home demand for products + domestic spending
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increased competition from which two countries kept international coal prices low?
usa / germany
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temporarily abaited '23-'25 when french did what?
seized control of ruhr and mines
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while in america?
miners went on trike
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but by '25 what was targeted again for cuts?
british coal mine wages
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'21-'25 what stagnated?
british trade
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what happened to demand for coal?
18 of 97
and unemplohment hit?
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situation exacerbated by return to?
gold standard
20 of 97
who decided on this despite own reservations?
chancellor of exchequer winston churchill
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attempted to do what to stabilise value of currency / avoid inflation / restore london to dominant centre global finance?
peg pound to gold reserves in the bank of england
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in '18 what did Cuncliffe Committee on Currency and Foreign Exchange recommend?
britain strengthen pound to pre-war parity w/ dollar and return to gold standard w/in seven years
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committee advised that to do this gov had to do which three things?
mntn balanced budget / limit bank notes issue / reduce national debt
24 of 97
in '25 pound set to value of how many $s?
25 of 97
level it had been in?
26 of 97
decision initially supported by keynes who later argued?
choice strangled britsh economy + triggered global recession
27 of 97
gold standard created deflation causing what?
shortage of currency thereby straining economy
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reduction of currency caused which two things?
wages fall + inc unemployment
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as pound was stronger why necessitated further wage cuts?
british exports more expensive
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british economy too weak to do what?
support such strong pound
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gold standard basically and act of?
economic vanity
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coal industry already struggling particularly hit as business owners did what
contd to try make profits despite economic conditions
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w/ new standard how much would wages have to be cut to keep british products competitive?
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coal miners encouraged wages might be protected by gov after what example?
textile dispute resolved by gov comission recommending wages constant
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victory boosted TUC's confidence that what?
reversal wartime wage increases not inevitable
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immediate causes of general strike were coal conflict of?
july '25
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and subseqyet breakdown industrial relations between?
TUs / gov / workers
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under financial pressure in june '25 what did coal mine owners attempt to abolish?
'24 minimum wage agreement
40 of 97
specified profits on what % all coal sold constitute miners wages?
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however return of what meant british coal pits financial strain?
french pulled out of ruhr and german competition returned
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with owners looking to cut wages by what %?
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and extend hours from 7 to?
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what happened with this?
miners rejected and gov couldn't find compromise
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court of inquiry proposed when?
july '25
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which reported coal industry should do what?
be more efficient / wages agreed before owners take profits / owners reorg industry
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who rejected this judgement?
miners and owners
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General Council of TUC ordered what in support of coal strike?
embargo to halt coal imports
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chancellor of exchequer churchill and many cons ready for confrontation but who wanted no conflict?
PM baldwin
50 of 97
he hoped resolve issue how?
51 of 97
while churchill wanted?
display of gov strneght demonstrated by defeating a strike to show trade unions gov was in ctrl
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baldwin backed down to prevent strike offering 9m subsidy of how much to support coal miners' wages?
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avoided what?
immediate need for wage reduction
54 of 97
subsidy agreed on which date that became known as red friday?
31st july '25
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subsidy supported by owners / miners and gave gov time to?
organise for future militancy
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@ same timr baldwin appt what to investigate coal industry and provide long-term solution?
samuel commission
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gov hoped to avoid strike or failing that?
be prepared for when one does occurr
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subsidy of red friday short term solution but did what/
polarised opinion and intensified slide toward general strike
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how did trade unions / left-wing thinkers view it?
encouraged hope capitalism might quickly be replaced by socialism
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what principle had been established seen as huge victory by wc?
state would intervene to support industry and undermine competition of capitalist markets
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how did right-wing anti-socialist conservatives view red friday?
disaster reflecting poorly on baldwin
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even ramsay macdonald labour leader critical why?
thought subsidy would lead to revolutionaries
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worried socialist agitation would affect labour party how?
discredit its growing credentials as legitimate and responsible political org
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post-red friday citrine acting secretary of TUC observed general council was pessimistic about what?
long-term securement of miners wages
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but staggeringly oblivious of neec to do what?
prepare for industrial action
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in contrast gov used the 9m they gained to do what?
org counter-strike measures
68 of 97
administered by?
69 of 97
what three things were main to preparation?
resources stockpiled / local networks volunteers est / independent orgs for anti-strike put in place
70 of 97
OMS recruited M/UC volunteers to do what?
work public services / keep country moving in strike
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by when did gov believe it was ready for any industrial militancy?
feb '26
72 of 97
having established system of administration to keep what three things working?
nations roads / coal / food supplies
73 of 97
what happened in sensitive areas?
military forces deployed
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TUC basically inactive in this time as unions refusted to grant General Council powers to do what?
call all-out strike / conduct gov negotiations
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what was problem with unions after black friday?
lack of trust + thomas seen maser of intrigue
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gov grew more confident and what happened to TUC?
position deteriorated
77 of 97
Samuel Commission on coal industry recommended what should happen?
coal ind rationalised / gov continue manipulating coal revenues and wage levels reduced temporatilu whie industry reorganised
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also stated what about nationalisation?
shouldn't happen
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when was this rejected by miners / owners?
march '26
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samuel commission proposed which two things?
amalgamation of mines / increased research into coal production
81 of 97
advocated what about profits?
shared between miners / mine owners
82 of 97
clearly angered owners while what offended MFGB?
reduction in wages
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MFGB refused to do waht?
consider any wage reductions @ all
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who accepted the reoprt?
85 of 97
who worked for compromise before realised they were @ an impasse?
baldwin and conservatives
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things escalated when owners took what action?
locked out miners who refused to accept wage cuts
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on what date?
29th april '26
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TUC responded how?
calling on unions to unite / powers granted to general council for strike action
89 of 97
spark to hostilities came from what?
90 of 97
jimmy thomas produced an OMS poster calling for recruits that was seen as?
provocation as gov moving for counter strike action
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in response when did TUC vote for general strike?
1st may
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and this strike commenced when?
one minute to midnight 3rd may
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gov appealed to general council to do what?
concede on working hours but MFGB resolute
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why couldn't baldwin back fown and repeat red friday?
under pressure from hardline anti-trade union conservatives in the cabinet
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likewise TUC couldn't repeat what event?
black friday
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therefore what became unavoidable?
General Strike
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change in industrial relations brought about by?



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fall in production and price of?


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trade union discontent after embarrasment of?


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determination of mine owners to do what even in unstable economic period?


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