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Wives must picket too

Issue No. 1

Miners' wives who encouraged their husbands to cross picket lines were the darlings of the press and television at the beginning of the week.

'Pit wives smash picket invasion!' announced The Sun after a handful of women argued with flying pickets from Yorkshire outside the Harworth pit in Nottinghamshire on Monday.

Harworth was forced to close on Monday evening when the pickets stopped all but a handful of miners going to work.

Every time there is a major strike the media search out strikers' wives who are opposed to the action. A few are always found, and the media then does all it can to foster division within families and communities.

If strikers' wives are left at home to worry about the bills and the housekeeping, and without the solidarity that comes from union organisation, then it's all too easy for feelings against the action to be stirred up.

So the more miners' wives that are out picketing alongside the men, the better.

17 March, 1984

 

Heading for the picket lines 

A 'miners' wives action support group' has been set up at Westcoe colliery in South Shields. A meeting for miners' wives and girlfriends was called. Two hundred women instead of the expected 20 turned up!

The local National Union of Seamen's branch have given the women an office. Street collections are being organised and it's hoped the women will join the picket lines shortly.

12 May, 1984


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