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Regular meetings are key

Issue No. 1

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 North Derbyshire told Socialist Worker, ‘The key thing now is keeping the strikers together. This means we have to make sure that everyone meets up of a lunchtime. And now we’ve started to run socials every Saturday night.

‘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 London to produce a newsletter for us. They are doing all the printing and paying for it.’

(2 March, 1985)


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