Socialist Worker

20 years on, the lessons are crucial

by MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department
Issue No. 1891

THE SOCIALIST Worker special issue produced to mark 20 years since the miners' strike is going down a storm. Ken Capstick, who was the NUM union branch delegate at Stillingfleet colliery during the strike and is a former Yorkshire NUM vice-chair, says, 'I am pleased that Socialist Worker has produced this special edition to celebrate the struggle of the miners. We were right to fight the brutal Thatcher government. We have to learn the lessons from the strike-that the state will be used to crush workers' resistance and we need to stand together as a class.'

Some areas that pre-ordered the special before it was produced are already rushing in additional orders as their stocks run low. Birmingham, Halifax, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, Coventry and Glasgow are among those calling for more.

Half the meeting bought a copy

FIONA, An RMT union health and safety rep on London Underground, says that at the recent London Regional Transport Council meeting 'people loved the miners' special. One rep said it was the best report they had ever read of the strike. 'It went like hot cakes and we sold 25 copies to the 50 reps present.' A Camden council worker reports that she sold seven copies just in her own section.

In South Wales last week there was enthusiasm for the special among people at a meeting in Abertillery. 'Thank goodness someone is still proud of the fight and wants to do it again except better,' said one former miner.

Reason in revolt now thunders

PENNY FROM Coventry reports, 'We sold 22 Socialist Workers on the striking lecturers' picket line and rally at Warwick University last week. 'Sales were helped when we played the Internationale full blast on the picket line! The miners' strike special issue sold well. I discovered people who had helped to run soup kitchens and another who was working for TUC leader Norman Willis at the time! We sold ten Specials mostly to people who remembered the strike and wanted a souvenir to counter the mainstream rewriting of history.'

If you haven't yet get your copy of the miners' strike special, get one by asking your Socialist Worker seller or contacting the Circulation Department on 020 7538 3305.

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Sat 6 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1891
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