• 1910

    Copenhagen Congress  Copenhagen Congress of 2nd International called for workers to oppose war
  • 1912

    Don’t Shoot  leaflet (Guy Bowman, Tom Mann, Fred Crowsley –all imprisoned)
  • 1914

    Industrial Peace 1914 (end of Aug) TUC and LP declared ‘industrial truce’, supported by Hyndman
  • 1914 Union of Democratic Control (UDC) formed

    Opposed the war from the start, as did Sylvia Pankhurst whose organisation, the East London
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Versailles Settlement

Massive strike wave due to government plans to extend dilution to non-war work and to abolish the trade card scheme whereby skilled craftsmen were exempted from military service. Strikes spread to 50 towns throughout Britain – mass arrests

 

Easter Rising in Ireland

Peace Crusade

Helen Crawford and others established the Women’ Peace Crusade

Conscription

Following introduction of conscription, the No Conscription Fellowship was formed

Secret diplomacy

Sykes-Picot Agreement

Hyndman faction

Hyndman faction defeated by anti-war majority of British Socialist Party (BSP)

John Mclean charged

under the defence of the realm act - 2 more arrests followed; 1917 Appointed as Consul for Soviet Affairs for Great Britain; 1918 Arrested again – sentenced to 5 years penal servitude.

Clyde Workers’ Committee

Clyde Workers’ Committee formed; united industrial struggle with community based campaigns; women involved from start – rent strikes. It is composed of Delegates or Shop Stewards from all Trades in the Glasgow area, and is open to all such bona fide workers. The progressives in all Trades are invited to attend. Its origin goes back to the last big strike of February, 1915, when action was taken to force the [2nd side of leaflet] demand put forward for an increase of 2d. per hour in the Engineering industry.

Strikes in all industries, especially in Scotland and Wales.

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