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30 years on: The Great Miners' strike


Tories want ten percent of miners on the dole - Now is the time to fight

Miners gathering in Sheffield in March 1984

The Tories want to put at least one in every ten miners on the dole. And they declared this aim just a week after they defied the TUC and drove trade unions out of GCHQ at Cheltenham. Thatcher has always wanted to humiliate the miners. She wants revenge for her party and her class for the dramatic NUM victories in 1972 and 1974 when the union defeated the last Tory government.



How the Miners' Strike could have won

Mike Simons, who was Socialist Worker's journalist covering the dispute, takes issue with those who say the fight was doomed—and explains how Thatcher could have been beaten

The battle of Orgreave and how it was lost

The battle of Orgreave and how it was lost

The events outside Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham over the past two weeks may well come to be seen as the turning point in the miners’ strike. Alex Callinicos tells the story.

United in battle for the class

One of the most exhilarating and exciting things about the miners’ strike is the mobilisation of women, writes Paul Foot.


Miners after three months - a crisis of leadership

Tony Cliff looks at the issues facing the miners after three months on strike and the confrontation at Orgreave

Dock strike - now start to picket

The registered ports and all the largest unregistered ports are supporting the national dock strike.

Still solid at Christmas - victory to the miners

Christmas on the picket line is something that Margaret Thatcher has admitted she thought she'd never see.

Behind the secret talks - Tories plan to split the miners

Behind the secret talks - Tories plan to split the miners

The secret talks between the Coal Board and the NUM are a grave threat to the miners’ strike.


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