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In 1919 the government set up the Sankey Commission to decide what should be done with the coal mines It was recommended by the Commission that the coal mines should be nationalisation keeping the mines under the control of the government The problem at this point was that the government was dominated by Conservatives and in 1921 they decided to give the mines back to their previous owners The price of coal had gone down dramatically by fifty percent and Britain was now able to import cheap coal from Germany and Poland As a result of this soon the coal mine owners announced an immediate cut in the workers wages and in retaliation to the owners decision the miners called on the Triple Alliance to give their support for a strike The strike was organised for Friday the 15th April 1921 but at the last moment the so called Triple Alliance fell to pieces sold out by the leaders of the Transport Workers and Railway Union This blow to the miners was named Black Friday The miners were left to fight alone against the governments plans to privatise the mines As a result the mines suddenly returned back to their private owners and the miners faced demands for very substantial wage cuts of up to fifty percent The dispute escalated as the crises was seen by all the key players government employers and the TUC as an example for future industrial relations in Britain The Trade Union movement saw its opportunity to show the government that the wage reductions could not solve Britains economical difficulties and decided that a future united action in support of the miners would take the form of a general strike In 1925 when the employers attempted to impose yet another round of wage cuts and longer working hours they were faced with a more dangerous opposition from a regrouped Triple Alliance of the Mine Railway and transport unions and
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