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Strike brings more support

Issue No. 1

A strike at Manchester's Piccadilly station has ensured support for the miners there will continue.

The trouble started when four rail workers were arrested by the transport police and charged with 'soliciting aims without a permit' - that is, collecting for the miners.

A special branch meeting was called which decided to stage a 12 hour strike the following Wednesday unless the charges were dropped.

The guards and telecoms sections picketed the station from 12 midnight to 12 noon. They received a massive boost when a busload of striking miners from Bold and Agecroft collieries came to join them on the picket line.

British Rail management have now backed down. They have accepted there will be a collection taking place at the pay point on Piccadilly station. On Thursday, the day after the strike, £40 was donated, more than on any previous collection.

The police have also backed down. The charges against the railworkers have been dropped and a caution issued instead.

The only bleak spot is that one of the four workers who was arrested is now under threat of disciplinary action from the management. They are claiming he was absent without leave during the time he was under arrest! At the time of going to press the workers were hoping that they could make the management back down over this issue as well.


The Siri Guru Singh Sabha temple in Slough have handed over £600 worth of food to Gwent Miners.

Kernel Sidhu explained to Socialist Worker how he raised the appeal on the temple committee. 'I compared the struggle of miners in Britain to similar attacks by the government on organised workers in India,' he said.

The president of the temple explained there would now be regular collections for the Welsh miners.

(22 September, 1984)

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