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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.

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.

Dock strike - from show of strength to shambles

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.

Jail supports miners

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. 

Why you should support this strike

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

Strike brings more support

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

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.

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.

Defending the strike against scabs

05 March 2014
The banners of Newstead, Ollerton, Gedling and Thoresby collieries, backed by 3,000 striking Notts miners, defended their area NUM office against a scabs' rally early on Tuesday morning.

Kitchens in danger

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

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.

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