• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Government mishandlings was the most important reason why the general strike broke out in 1926' how far do you agree

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Government mishandlings was the most important reason why the general strike broke out in 1926' how far do you agree? The general strike of 1926 was the only of its kind in Britain. Nine million miners took part in lockouts or refused to go to work for a variety of reasons. A key cause of the strike was government mishandlings. However other factors outside the governments control are also to blame for the strike. A key cause of the strike was that after World War I the mines weren't nationalised as the miners wanted, and instead were sold for private ownership. This meant that miners in different areas received different pay, which was seen as greatly unfair. ...read more.

Middle

Despite his agreement of a nine-month subsidy, keeping the miners wages the same for nine months, no other real negotiations occurred. He was unwilling to compromise along with the mine owners and miners themselves, therefore the general strike occurred. However the most important governmental cause for the general strike was Britain's return to the Gold Standard. This along wit the fact that Germanys reparation payments were being paid out of coal, meat that Britain's export process increased by 10% which was the governments fault. The return to the Gold Standard is what caused mine owners to insist on longer working days and pay cuts from 13-38%. ...read more.

Conclusion

Finally another fairly important reason that the general strike occurred was because of the miners support from the TUC. This meant that the miners had financial backing and confidence, otherwise a strike this scale may have never occurred. To conclude, although the government mishandlings such as the gold standard, failure to help the miners after 1921's strike and failure to nationalise, were party to blame for the general strike, they are not the only cause. Mine owner's failure to improve the conditions within the mines and miners confidence after being supported by the TUC are also extremely important factors for the strikes occurrence. Therefore it was a combination of all of these events with cause the general strike to occur. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Why did the General Strike of 1926 fail and what were the effects the ...

    Due to this, the scene was set for a nation-wide strike in May 1926, which was condemned to fail from the outset. After five years of struggle the miners could not accept any wage cuts while the mine owners did not see any possibility of running the mines profitable without any.

  2. The conflict may be classified as a strike for power between Taliban government and ...

    In October, General Dostam returned to Afghanistan and was chosen military commander of the UIFSA26 In december, a series of three meetings were brokered by the UN in New York city which brought together the "Six-Plus-Two" group countries in a move designed to staunch the flow of arms to the

  1. What Where Causes And Consequences Of The General Strike In 1926?

    This was unrealistic as the report made suggestions which neither party were willing to agree to. So the report was no help to the situation at all and the conflict returned to the same position as before the government intervened.

  2. Why did the General Strike of 1926 take place?

    However, as the mine-owners had had the mines handed back to them, they were demanding a profit, so much so that the miners were only receiving fifty pence per day, and that was only the lucky ones. In the United States and Germany, the miners were equipped with new machinery

  1. Lord Grey, writing the British Gazzette in May 1926, said of the General Strike, ...

    Another fact that evidences the non existence of revolutionary intent is that the workers were encouraged to spend more time at home rather than in the streets and to participate in sporting events to symbolise the essentially moderate nature of the stoppage.

  2. Was the Provisional Government doomed to failure?

    By autumn 1917, an estimated 2 million men had unofficially left the army Had Russia negotiated a treaty with Germany sooner, they could have avoided further loss of lives and support. They would have lost territory and would have possibly been considered an enemy of Britain and France as a

  1. How far do the sources support the view that the General Strike was "an ...

    the basis of an 'industrial dispute' and that they were simply 'defending the mine workers against the mine owners.' Yet, this attempt of removing revolutionary blame from them only worsened the situation with careless phrased sentences and perhaps slightly too much use of 'emotive language' for example, instead of saying

  2. Is There Sufficient Evidence in Sources A to F to Explain Why the T.U.C. ...

    They drove the buses, trains and food convoys, worked on the docks and in factories. Without them Britain would have entirely shut down and the Strike would have worked. Many of these men were delighted to help, for example by driving buses like in Source B-childhood dreams comes true!

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work