100 Years Ago – 16 April 1920

16 April 1920

The situation in Ireland, which had been calmed the previous day by the release of prisoners from Mountjoy prison in Dublin, worsened after the Government said they had only released the inmates on parole. There was now talk of a new national strike, which had been planned to protest at the imprisonment of the men, which might be supported in parts of Liverpool some unions suggested.

The final numbers were confirmed with the ballot of miners on whether they should strike, with a decision made to support the Government proposals. 442,704 miners supported the deal, with 377,500 miners wanting strike action. The only areas of the country supporting a strike were Lancashire, South Wales and the Forest of Dean.

There were fears that there would be a national strike in the spinning industry, which could lead to a suspension of the cotton trade. There was agreement that a meeting would be held between employers and unions to try and reach a settlement.