What happened during the Winter of Discontent?

What happened during the Winter of Discontent?

The Winter of Discontent was the period between November 1978 and February 1979 in the United Kingdom characterised by widespread strikes by private, and later public, sector trade unions demanding pay rises greater than the limits Prime Minister James Callaghan and his Labour Party government had been imposing.

What did James Callaghan do?

Callaghan is the only person to have held all four Great Offices of State, having served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1964 to 1967, Home Secretary from 1967 to 1970 and Foreign Secretary from 1974 to 1976. He was a member of Parliament (MP) from 1945 to 1987.

What was Thatcher famous for?

The longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, she was the first woman to hold that office. As prime minister, she implemented policies that became known as Thatcherism.

What caused the 3 day week in the 70s?

To reduce electricity consumption, and thus conserve coal stocks, the Conservative Prime Minister, Edward Heath, announced a number of measures under the Fuel and Electricity (Control) Act 1973 on 13 December 1973, including the Three-Day Work Order, which came into force at midnight on 31 December.

What caused the Winter of 1963?

The winter of 1963 – the coldest for more than 200 years The weeks before had been changeable and stormy, but then on 22 December a high pressure system moved to the north-east of the British Isles, dragging bitterly cold winds across the country. This situation was to last much of the winter.

Who said Winter of Discontent?

William Shakespeare
The title comes from the first two lines of William Shakespeare’s Richard III: “Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun [or son] of York”.

When did the NHS go on strike?

NHS workers will now take part in action short of strike action between Tuesday 14 October and Friday 17 October, with members taking the breaks they are entitled to. Pay in the NHS has not kept in line with inflation and staff have not received an above-inflation rise since 2009.

Who replaced Prime Minister Wilson?

Harold Wilson

The Right Honourable The Lord Wilson of Rievaulx KG OBE PC FRS FSS
Succeeded by Edward Heath
In office 14 February 1963 – 16 October 1964
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan Alec Douglas-Home

Who was Prime Minister before Thatcher?

List of prime ministers

Name Time in office Political party
Tony Blair 1997 – 2007 Labour
John Major 1990 – 1997 Conservative
Margaret Thatcher 1979 – 1990 Conservative
James Callaghan 1976 – 1979 Labour

Who was the prime ministers after Winston Churchill?

Anthony Eden

The Right Honourable The Earl of Avon KG MC PC
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Winston Churchill
Succeeded by Harold Macmillan
Leader of the Conservative Party