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The Great Miners’ Strike


Protesters demand justice for Orgreave

Protesters demand justice for Orgreave Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Home Office in London on Monday to demand justice over the Battle of Orgreave.

Thatcher government feared inquiry into truth about Miners' Strike cops

Thatcher government feared inquiry into truth about Miners Strike cops Newly released documents from 1985 show that then home secretary Leon Brittan wanted to avoid “any form of enquiry into the behaviour of the police”.

Stop this class war cover-up—miners’ fury over Orgreave

Stop this class war cover-up—miners’ fury over Orgreave The Tories are continuing a cover-up by refusing an inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave.

Ex-miners demand to know - who was responsible for police attacks at Orgreave?

Ex-miners demand to know - who was responsible for police attacks at Orgreave? About 100 people poured into the Yorkshire NUM Miners’ Hall in Barnsley today, Tuesday, for an Orgreave Truth and Justice (OTJC) press conference.

Campaigners slam Tories for ruling out Orgreave inquiry

Campaigners slam Tories for ruling out Orgreave inquiry There will be no inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave, home secretary Amber Rudd has announced.

Cops’ filth won’t wash

Cops’ filth won’t wash More former police officers have spoken out against the policing of striking miners during the 1984 Battle of Orgreave.

Orgreave campaigners demand justice ahead of meeting with Tory minister

13 September 2016
Campaigners from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) and their supporters gathered outside parliament today, Tuesday, ahead of a meeting with home secretary Amber Rudd.

Tory government wants Thatchers’ cosy corruption to be kept secret indefinitely

26 July 2016
Tory corruption is to be kept secret. Two files entitled “Cementation contract: Mark Thatcher and the Omanis” are listed as being “retained” for 65 years. Two others were “temporarily retained” with no release date.

Rally demands justice for Orgreave

21 June 2016
Ex-miners, trade unionists and campaigners gathered at Orgreave in Sheffield last Saturday to remember the Battle of Orgreave.

News in brief

15 December 2015
Call for Inquiry into Orgreave | Rise in reported domestic abuse | Jobs threat for 5,000 from Iain Duncan Smith

Miners slam decision not to investigate Orgreave cops

11 June 2015
Police attacked strikers and framed them during the 1984 Battle of Orgreave three months into the Great Miners' Strike. Officers covered up the actions at the highest level.

Our rulers fear the unity we take pride in

09 September 2014
Pride, a new film about Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, is on general release from this week. 

New film Pride tells an extraordinary story of solidarity in struggle

19 August 2014
Nicola Field, who was part of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, says a new film shows how struggle forged unity and helped break down prejudice

Still the Enemy Within - hilarity, defiance and tears as miners recall their struggle

10 June 2014
New film Still the Enemy Within tells the story of the Great Miners’ Strike in activists’ own voices. Sadie Robinson spoke to strikers at the film’s premiere

Rembering miners who lost their lives - Barnsley memorial biggest for years

18 March 2014
Every year miners, their families and supporters come together in the Yorkshire Miners Hall, Barnsley to remember the two Yorkshire NUM members, David Jones and Joe Green, who lost their lives fighting for justice in 1984-85. 

Brassed Off adaptation is worth seeing in the miners' anniversary year

18 March 2014
This adaptation of the 1996 film is a must-see in this 30th anniversary year of the Great Miners’ Strike.

Events in London and Sheffield mark 30 years on from the Miners’ Strike

11 March 2014
Hundreds of people attended events in London and Sheffield to mark the 30th anniversary of the Great Miners’ strike.

Pit villages fight back

05 March 2014
Yorkshire pit villages erupted on Monday when miners kept NCB area safety men out of pits in response to coal board efforts to engineer a back to work movement.

Onto the defensive

05 March 2014
We report from a meeting last Sunday of Socialist Workers Party members from 15 pits across the country. They discussed the present stage of the miners' strike, and how to combat scabbing.

Behind the secret talks - Tories plan to split the miners

05 March 2014
The secret talks between the Coal Board and the NUM are a grave threat to the miners’ strike.

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