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General Strike Day 8: Tuesday 11 May 1926

Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin

[Photograph of the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (on the right), from a General Strike photograph album]

One Week of Stubborn Resistance to Wrong is Past. Let Us Face the Second With Equal Fortitude, and VICTORY IS OURS!

The Scottish Worker, 11 May 1926

  • The strike spreads, as the Trades Union Congress instructs all engineering and shipbuilding workers not yet on strike to stop work at midnight.
  • Mr Justice Astbury gives a ruling on the application by the leadership of the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union for an injunction to prevent union branches from joining the general strike. He states that the general strike is illegal and that trade union funds may not legally be used to pay strike pay.
  • The Trades Union Congress Negotiating Committee put the final draft of the Samuel Memorandum before the General Council, who accept it. The Executive of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain reject the draft memorandum as it includes wage cuts.
  • The Trades Union Congress ask to meet with the Prime Minister.
  • Rumours circulate that the government intend to arrest the Trades Union Congress General Council and other strike leaders.
  • 'The Daily Mail' calls for the Trades Union Congress to be abolished and claims that there are 500 Soviet agents active in Britain who should be 'cleared out'.
  • The BBC finally broadcasts information about the Archbishop of Canterbury's proposed settlement. Radio news broadcasts also include details of heavy sentences imposed by the courts on people who have committed acts of public disorder or who have been convicted of spreading inaccurate or 'seditious' information.
  • A Newcastle edition of the Trades Union Congress newspaper 'The British Worker' is published.

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