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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. 

15,000 march in Glasgow to support the miners

Over 15,000 people joined the demonstration in Glasgow last Wednesday in response to the Scottish TUC's call for a day of action in support of the miners. Many workers had taken strike action to join the march.

Pit villages fight back

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.

TUC get off your knees - Defend the miners' union

TUC get off your knees - Defend the miners union 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.

Bus workers back miners

05 March 2014
A strike by workers at the National Welsh bus garage in Porth, South Wales, has forced their management to lift a ban on hiring coaches for miners' flying pickets.

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.

Stopping the filth

05 March 2014
'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

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.

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.

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