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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.

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. 

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.

Scargill calls for mass pickets

Scargill calls for mass pickets Most of the miners’ leaders have refused to call for mass picketing as the only way to guarantee victory for the strike. But there is one notable exception – Arthur Scargill.

Inside the system

Inside the system Shining a light on the inner workings of the system

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

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

TUC get off your knees - Defend the miners' union

05 March 2014
The NUM is facing an attack on union rights more serious than anything we have seen in a lifetime. Never before have our rulers had the nerve to hand over a trade union lock, stock and barrel to a Tory lawyer.

United in battle for the class

05 March 2014
One of the most exhilarating and exciting things about the miners’ strike is the mobilisation of women, writes Paul Foot.

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.

Dock strike - from show of strength to shambles

05 March 2014
Last weekend's conclusion of the docks strike was a messy affair. What started as a dramatic show of strength by the TGWU finished just ten days later in a shambles and few will be happy with the final outcome.

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.

Why you should support this strike

05 March 2014
The miners strike is a strike for every worker in this country.

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. 

Scab walks no more

05 March 2014
Women from Sunnyhill village in South Yorkshire last week smashed police and Coal Board plans to demoralise strikers at Silverwood colliery.

After 12 months of struggle - stabbed in the back by Kinnock and Willis

05 March 2014
Bitterness and anger are raging through the pit villages of Britain. But it is not, as the press would have us believe, directed at Arthur Scargill. The hatred which the miners and their families feel is for the Tories, the TUC and the Labour Party leadership.

Wives must picket too

05 March 2014
Miners' wives who encouraged their husbands to cross picket lines were the darlings of the press and television at the beginning of the week.

Battle for the power stations

05 March 2014
Three power stations - West Thurrock, Didcot and Tilbury - have in the last week all seen action in support of the miners. Workers at each station have refused to accept scab coal and oil.

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.

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

05 March 2014
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.

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'.

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