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General Strike - Diary 7th May

7th May 1926

 

As a response to the Government's paper, The British Gazette, the Unions had produced their own paper, The British Worker. To stifle this mouthpiece, Churchill opted to control the production and release of paper for printing, citing national interests and the requirements of the press run of The British Gazette. It was becoming increasingly difficult for the Unions to offer a counter point to the government's arguments, and production of the British Worker slowed as a result.

The government continued to encourage workers to return to work, and offered protection to those who broke strike action.

The TUC was intent of producing a solution to the strike, and met with Sir Herbert Samuel to work out a way of ending the strike. The proposals were rejected by the Miners' Federation. The strike continued.