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The General Strike - canteens in Hyde Park
Lady Betty Butler (left) and Miss Collett Doughty armed with large frying pans; part of an organised response to the General Strike where canteens were set up in Hyde Park, London and staffed by well-known society ladies, in order to feed the food supply transport workers. In support of a strike by coal miners over the issue of threatened wage cuts, the Trades Union Congress called a General Strike in early May 1926. The strike only involved certain key industrial sectors (docks, electricity, gas, railways) but, in the face of well-organised government emergency measures and lack of real public support, it collapsed after nine days. Date: May 1926
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