Two hundred seamen and a group of dockers at Harwich took strike action on Wednesday in support of the miners. The seamen work on the passenger liner, the St Nicholas.
Two Derbyshire miners went onto the ship to argue their case that morning. Throughout the strike miners have gone onto ships posing as passengers and there have been regular collections for them.
Shortly before the day of action, seamen were told they would lose 150 jobs when parts of Sealink are sold off.
Bob Steward—a port committee NUS rep—said, ‘The meeting decided that the miners’ fight and our fight are the same and so we joined the two together’. The two miners got a standing ovation and a big whip round.
The seamen and dockers are not in the South East TUC area, yet came out on Wednesday without any direction from their union. They hope that Slater and the NUS leadership are going to take notice of this and give a lead in the fight against selling their jobs.
(7 July, 1984)
Ford workers back miners
Over £1,000 a week is being collected for the miners at Ford’s Halewood plant on Merseyside. From the start of the strike, Socialist Worker sellers have been collecting about £80 a week in the factory. After three months of the strike, the shop stewards committee decided to make collections round the whole plant.
In the first week they raised £800, the next it topped £1,000 and the next £1,400.
(30 June, 1984)