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The General Strike 1926

Results of the General Strike

  1. The miners were defeated.
  2. The TUC was ruined - membership fell from 5.5 million in 1925 to only 3.75 million in 1930.
  3. The Trades Disputes Act of 1927 made general strikes illegal.
  4. The Labour Party won the 1929 election.

The General Strike was a failure because:

  1. The Government was ready and had spent the nine months when it was paying the subsidy preparing. It set up the Organisation for the Maintenance of Supplies (OMS) under Winston Churchill to defeat the strike. It took a very aggressive line against the strike using both propaganda statements and army/police action.
  2. The middle class opposed the strike. The incidents of violence and evidence of support for the strike from communists frightened the middle classes. Many of them volunteered as strike-breakers, although others were just fulfilling boyhood dreams to be a train driver or bus driver.
  3. The Labour leaders betrayed the strikers. The Labour Party and the TUC leaders were frightened by the strike.

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