Labour unrest: coal miners' strike, 1919

Report from the Ministry of Labour's Special Intelligence Branch on the situation in the coal miners' strike, 24 July 1919.

Post-war Britain was strongly affected by industrial unrest. In 1919, roughly 2.4 million British workers went on strike. Problems were particularly evident in two of the industries still largely under government control: the railways and the mines. This Ministry of Labour report describes the situation among coal miners in various parts of Britain in July 1919. Their defiant mood is unmistakable, particularly in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The government was forced to call on demobilised 'naval ratings' to ensure that production continued at many mines.
Catalogue reference: HO 144/1534/387000 (24 Jul 1919)

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