Police Strike events

Metropolitan Police officers on Downing Street 1918

100 years ago tensions were rising across police forces throughout England and Wales. The Metropolitan Police had gone on strike in 1918 and been promised a significant pay increase and a number of improvements in allowances and working conditions. The National Union of Police and Prison Officers was at its peak with branches springing up all over England and Wales. But now - almost a year after the 1918 strike, the government had refused to recognise the union and the Police Act 1919 was rapidly progressing through Parliament, shortly to become law. This Act made it illegal for police to go on strike and officers could be sent to prison for inciting or encouraging strike activities. The promised pay rise had not yet been implemented, but a £10 back payment had been promised for the start of August, with pay increasing shortly after. This was a key moment for the union - it was being suppressed and members placated with the back payment. The Police Federation was on the horizon but there was no sign this organisation would work with them. What were they to do? Come and find out about the incredible events of 1919 in Birmingham, London and Liverpool at our strike themed open day at the Lock-up on Sat 3rd August or our police strike talk 5-7pm on Sat 3rd August. Tickets below: Can't make it? Why not purchase our book Out of the Blue - telling the story of the union and the police strikes of 1918 and 1919 - available

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