One thousand steelworkers at three Lanarkshire BSC plants - Clydesdale, Clydesbridge and Balziell - all within a four mile radius of Ravenscraig - are now out.
As we go to press flying pickets from the plants are at Ravenscraig to win support from its 3,500 workforce.
The action makes a mockery of ISTC leader Bill Sirs' contention that steelworkers should scab on the miners to save their own skins.
The strike co-ordinator, ISTC branch chairman Peter Phillips says: 'We support the miners 100 percent. When we were on strike in 1980 no steel was used by the miners. We didn't worry that this might lead to pit closures.
'We're all in this together.'
26 May, 1984