Definition of the General Strike from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the General Strike

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a strike by workers in all of Britain's important industries, including public transport, that took place in 1926. The coal miners were on strike because the owners of the mines wanted them to work for less money, and the TUC advised all its members to go on strike in support of the miners. Over three million people joined the strike, which lasted for nine days until the TUC accepted a new offer for the miners. The miners did not accept the offer and stayed on strike for six months. The strike had a great effect on people's attitudes in Britain. Many people were happy to see that workers could act together to improve their conditions, while others were afraid that it could lead to a revolution.