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Scab walks no more

Issue No. 1

Women from Sunnyhill village in South Yorkshire last week smashed police and Coal Board plans to demoralise strikers at Silverwood colliery.

The coal board had hoped to demonstrate falling support for the strike by walking a scab into work.

For three days the scab, Tommy Mousey, was walked in and out accompanied by a police escort.

But his behaviour particularly incensed the local community.

On Tuesday night he had turned up at the local working men’s club. After he was served everyone drinking in the club walked out. When they got outside they found police transits waiting for action.

And so on Thursday, as Tommy the scab returned with his police escort, the women came out to greet him.

As he appeared in the village more and more women and their children turned out to mock and show their contempt for his behaviour.

The police were powerless to do anything. They were obliged to walk him down the middle of the road as onlookers from shops and front gardens joined in the chorus.

‘The women were just fantastic,’ said one of the pickets. ‘Their action has given us all a boost.’

On Friday morning, the walking scab was not to be seen. He was later spotted travelling at high speed in a wire meshed up van.

(19 January, 1985)


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