Even in pits where there is a high level of scabbing it is still possible to hold the strike together.
A striker at Shirebrook in
‘One problem we’ve got is that there is no coordination of the pickets. Our pit is just a mile and a half from Warsop. And a lot of the miners from the two pits live in either village, but there’s no organised forum for them to meet.’
Inside the pit, fights are breaking out among the scabs. Terry said, ‘Some blokes who are scabbing now were out on strike picketing for the whole time. A couple have come out again. I think that’s mainly been a gut reaction to working with the real scabs – blokes who’ve been back for ages.
‘One problem is that since the big surge back to work there has been very little propaganda about how to hold the strike together. We’ve tried to rectify that by getting the West Hampstead Miners Support Group in
(2 March, 1985)