8 December 1920
Hamar Greenwood, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, rejected the idea of a truce in the country until “extreme leaders of the Irish Republican Army have surrendered, delivered up their arms, or been arrested”. It was thought by some politicians in the House of Commons that the tone of Greenwood’s less than conciliatory comments were unhelpful in moving towards a ceasefire.
There were fears of a strike amongst tram workers, as agreement couldn’t be reached between the operators and the National Transport Workers’ Federation. The federation had wanted a pay increase for 12s per week for adults and 6s per week for those aged under 18, but the operators who were mostly local authorities said that they couldn’t afford to meet these demands.