Miners strikes / 1926 strike
British industry stopped on 4th May, 1926 when between 3 and 4 million workers obeyed their Trade Unions and stopped work when a General Strike was declared in sympathy with the miners. Mine owners wanted the colliers to work longer hours for less pay. The miners themselves wanted a national basic wage, seven hours work per day and the pits to be re-nationalised, as they had been during World War I. It lasted for seven months and the miners returned to district wage settlements, and an increase in working hours.
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