General Strike Tea Towel

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Strikes became increasingly common with the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. The liberalisation of society brought greater rights for common people at the same time as laissez-faire economics depressed their working conditions. Workers were concentrated in industrial towns and could organise themselves relatively easily. They used one of the few powers they had, the withdrawal of their labour, to press for better conditions.

But the General Strike of 1926 was the first countrywide strike in British history, and was called by the Trades Union Congress in view of worsening conditions in the mining industry. It lasted nine days, and was sadly unsuccessful in achieving improvements in pay and conditions. In fact it redefined the government’s attitude towards industrial action, and heralded a new era of anti-strike legislation. The following year, the Government passed the ‘Trade Disputes and Trade Union Act’ which made sympathetic strikes illegal, ensured union members had to agree to ‘contract into’ the political levy to the Labour Party, and banned Civil Service unions from affiliating to the TUC.

  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK

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Usual UK delivery timescale (excluding custom prints) is between 5 and 7 working days from the date of dispatch. Please allow up to 14 working days for delivery. For custom print delivery pricing and timescales see below.

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Framed orders are shipped within 20 working days.

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