The Miners' Strike 1984/85

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: 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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The Miners Strike

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"Thus were the working-men forced once more, in spite of their unexampled endurance, to succumb to the might of capital. But the fight had not been in vain"
- Frederick Engels, 'The Mining Proletariat', The Condition of the Working Class in England

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Strike: When Britain Went to War

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"Thus were the working-men forced once more, in spite of their unexampled endurance, to succumb to the might of capital. But the fight had not been in vain ..."
- Frederick Engels, 'The Mining Proletariat', The Condition of the Working Class in England

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