The Miners' Strike 1984/85

The 1984-5 Miners' Strike, the Miners Who Scabbed, and the Fate of the Pet Pig

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Sean Matgamna

In Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, there is a strange, affecting scene, in which the butchering of a hand-raised pig is described. It is told with great sympathy and empathy from the pig’s point of view.
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In Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure, there is a strange, affecting scene, in which the butchering of a hand-raised pig is described.

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Learning from solidarity: the miners' strike 1984-5

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Jim Denham

"Support groups are beginning to assume the status of one of the positive lessons of the 1984-85 strike in much the same way that mass picketing was seen as the lesson of the 1972 strike".

Recalling the miners' strike support work done in Birmingham.

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The miners' strike 1984-5

We continue our look at the miners' strike by following the events of May 1984 and looking at international solidarity with the British miners.


The events

Beginning of May 1984: series of mass pickets in Notts coalfield. On 2 May police estimate 10,000 at Haworth and on 3 May almost as many at Cotgrave.

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The miners' strike 1984-5

We continue our analysis of the miners' strike with a recap of the events of 25 April-12 May 1984 and a look at how Labour should have fought.

The events

25 April: Labour Party national executive votes to support the strike and to ask every Party member to donate 50p a week.

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The miners' strike 1984-5

We continue our look at the miners' strike with a look at the events of 11-20 April 1984.


The events

11 April 1984: Pit Deputies vote to join the strike

12 April NUM Executive faces down right-wing calls for a national ballot and right wing Notts area president Ray Chadburn emerges from the meeting to tell his members: "get off your knees and support the strike."

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The miners' strike 1984-5

We begin our series on the 1984-5 miners' strike. We will follow the events, re-tell the story and reflect on the lessons.

The events

1 March 1984: National Coal Board announces the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire and a cut back of 4 million tonnes of coal in the forthcoming year with a loss of 20,000 jobs. South Yorkshire miners go on unofficial strike.

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The miners' strike 1984-5: They fought, they lost, they could have won

By Cathy Nugent

On 1 March twenty years ago British miners embarked on a tremendous year-long battle to save their jobs, their communities and, as it turned out, the entire industry. They also fought the Thatcher Tory government for the whole of our class. The miners were absolutely right against those union and Labour leaders who portrayed their intransigence as irrational.

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