Focussing on a period of rapid and significant change in the coal industry, this volume, originally published in 1936, sets out the economic facts of the industry and discusses the extent to which politics and industry became interwoven during the years 1910-1936. As well as covering key events such as the General Strike of 1926 and the effects this had on both the UK mining industry and the general population, this volume also examines industrial relations, the growth of the unions and modernization of the industry.
Table of Contents
1. Parliament and the Mining Industry - the Minimum Wagte Act, 1912 2. The War Years, 1914-18 3. The Mining Industry in 1913 and 1935 4. The Sankey commission 5. After the Sankey Reports - the 1920 and 1921 Stoppages 6. A Period of Calm - The March of Events 1924 7. The Samuel commission 8. The 1926 Stoppage - The General Strike 9. the Mining Industry Act, 1926 10. the Years 1926-1936 11. The 1930 Act 12. District Agreements 13. Wages 14. The Survival of the Fittest 15. The 1935 Dispute and the Terms of Settlement 16. Offtakes 17. Amalgamations 18. The Selling Agencies 19. Exports 20. Selling Prices 21. Mining royalties 22. Mechanization 23. The Mineworkers' Association 25. The Minerworkers' Federation and Re-Organization 26. The Mineworkers' Federation and Reorganization 27. Alternative Policies 28. State Control 29. The Nationalization of Mines Bill 30. The Future 31. The By-Product Industries 32. Conclusion