The failure of trade unions to challenge government is illustrated in this Punch cartoon of 19 May 1926.
The General Strike began on 4 May 1926 and was the first of its kind. The number of strikers was overwhelming - falling between 1.5 and 1.75 million people. The strike chartered new territory for workers by closing mines, transport, newspapers, docks and power stations.
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