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November 30, 2011

November 30

Public service workers in the United Kingdom join the biggest single strike since 1926, against the government’s pension reforms. About two-thirds of state schools closed, and thousands of hospital operations were postponed, as unions estimated up to two million people went on strike.

May 4, 1926

imageA nine-day general strike called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) begins in the United Kingdom in support of nearly one million locked out coal miners who refused to accept a 13.5% pay cut. Millions of workers stood in solidarity with the miners.

April 30, 1963

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Inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a group of West Indians in Bristol, England, organize a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company for its refusal to employ non-white workers on its buses.  The boycott lasted for four months until the company reversed its discriminatory hiring practice.

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