The General Strike 01
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The General Strike 01

This KS3 History quiz takes a look at the General Strike. During the General Strike in May 1926, millions of workers throughout the UK downed tools to support coal miners who were refusing to accept lower wages and longer working hours. The General Strike is important as it sparked off an era of workers' strikes.

The Daily Mail published an article of fake news (a fake letter from the Russian Communist Party leader to British Communists). This was just one reason that middle class people who read this worried, imagining there was about to be a communist revolution in Britain. This drove some of them to become strike-breakers - they took over driving buses and trains etc.

During the 1920s, the coal industry in Britain was in trouble.

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The production per miner was poor, about two-thirds of the amount that Victorian miners were producing in 1880. The economy was still recovering from the First World War and so mine owners decided that they needed to reduce pay and increase working hours in order to maintain their profits. The miners' union refused to accept either. When the final negotiations broke down, despite the best efforts of the government, the strike began on May 3rd. It ended nine days later but the miners carried on.

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  1. The General Strike took place in which year?
    The TUC limited the strike to railwaymen, transport workers, printers, dockers, ironworkers and steelworkers
  2. The strike was called by the TUC - what does TUC stand for?
    It is the organisation that unites all of the different unions
  3. Which group of workers was the strike supporting?
    Miners were being forced to accept longer hours and lower wages
  4. What type of government was in power at the time?
    The Conservatives had replaced Labour in 1924
  5. The TUC published which newspaper to argue its case?
    It became more difficult to produce because Winston Churchill had requisitioned most of the TUC's supply of newsprint (newsprint is the cheap coarse paper on which newspapers are printed) for the government's own propaganda paper
  6. Who was the British Prime Minister in 1926?
    Baldwin is the only British Prime Minister to have served under three monarchs
  7. Which group was not called out on strike?
    The National Health Service was set up after WWII
  8. Who wrote the mining industry report that sparked the strike?
    He wrote it on behalf of the Government
  9. The Government also printed its own newspaper, called what?
    It was part of its attempt to control the media and they were quite happy to print things that were not true in order to demoralise the strikers
  10. Which of these was not a result of the General Strike?
    This would not have helped mine owners make more profit

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