Did Anyone Gain Anything from the Industrial Unrest in 1973/4?

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Throughout 1973/74 there was a severe amount of industrial unrest with the unions. This was largely a result of the industrial relations act, which had added to the mounting problems with the unions. The most sever effect of the industrial unrest was the three day week which was introduced in 1973. It can be argued that the only ones that gained was the NUM. This is because although they were successful it created major problems for Heaths government and even those who succeeded them. The continuous miners strikes led to Heath pulling tough measures, which included the three-day week. This is because the government didn’t want to just give into the miners and in the contrast Heath wanted to defeat them by limiting ‘the use of electricity to three specified days per week’-Heath. However this restrictive measure led to a significant uproar, as it was similar to the austerities, which ordinary people had experienced from the war such as people not having heating, unable to cook and sitting by candlelight. This shows that the ordinary people didn’t gain anything from the unrest in 1973/4 as it caused major inconveniences in the home highlighting that it was an issue. However it can be argued that the miners- NUM did gain from the industrial unrest of 1973/4. This is because the government backed down to the miners and they gained a 21% wage increase, which was nearly three times the amount of what the employers had originally offered. The fact that a key reason to the strikes was that they wanted a pay increase shows that the NUM was successful in what they set out for which is highlighted by the fact that they then went to strike again. This largely shows that the NUM largely had something to gain from the industrial unrest as they were essentially successful in what they set out for and proved to be more powerful than even the government.
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