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Miners' Strike special 2014


Goldthorpe march remembers Miners' Strike and continuing the fight today

About 1,000 people turned up in Goldthorpe to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.

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

Brassed Off adaptation is worth seeing in the miners anniversary year This adaptation of the 1996 film is a must-see in this 30th anniversary year of the Great Miners’ Strike.

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

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. 

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.

Stopping the filth

Stopping the filth 'Miners once the salt of the earth, are now the scum of the earth'. That would have been the Sun's front page on Saturday morning had action by the print unions not kept this filth off the streets.

Wives must picket too

Miners' wives who encouraged their husbands to cross picket lines were the darlings of the press and television at the beginning of the week.

Miners after three months - a crisis of leadership

05 March 2014
Tony Cliff looks at the issues facing the miners after three months on strike and the confrontation at Orgreave

Tories' picket line lies

05 March 2014
The police and the media have spent the twenty eighth week of the miners' strike engaging in an orgy of lies about 'picket line violence'.

Inside the system

05 March 2014
Shining a light on the inner workings of the system

The battle of Orgreave and how it was lost

05 March 2014
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.

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.

Hundreds arrested in Notts

05 March 2014
There is intimidation every day in the Nottinghamshire coalfields. It is planned intimidation, executed in cold blood and it goes completely unreported in the Fleet Street press.

Jail supports miners

05 March 2014
The heroic struggle of the miners has been a source of inspiration to many and has led to hundreds of thousands of pounds being collected. But the most moving story of the strike must be that of the self-sacrifice shown by one unlikely group of supporters – prisoners serving life sentences in a Portsmouth jail. 

Court seizes miners' funds - an attack on us all

05 March 2014
The Tory anti-union laws have finally been used against the miners.

URGENT: Much more picketing, Much better organisation, Much greater involvement

05 March 2014
This is crisis week for the miners' strike. It is a crisis which can be overcome and pave the way for victory. But only if urgent measures are taken.

Life without the union

05 March 2014
Sixteen scabs at Bentley colliery went on strike last week and asked for union representation.

Strike brings more support

05 March 2014
A strike at Manchester's Piccadilly station has ensured support for the miners there will continue.

'We're all in this together' (on the picket line)

05 March 2014
One thousand steelworkers at three Lanarkshire BSC plants - Clydesdale, Clydesbridge and Balziell - all within a four mile radius of Ravenscraig - are now out.

Regular meetings are key

05 March 2014
Even in pits where there is a high level of scabbing it is still possible to hold the strike together.

Kitchens in danger

05 March 2014
These kitchens are in need of immediate financial help. Rush donations, and organise New Year delegations to:

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