Miners Strike, 1984-5


The national Miners Strike 1984-5 involved 142,000 mineworkers and has been described as "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history". The strike by the National Union of Mineworkers began on 6th March 1984, in response to pit closures, wage restraints and heavy reductions in government subsidies. The strike ended on 3rd March 1985 following a NUM vote to return to work. The defeat saw a major reduction political power of the NUM and trade unions in general in the UK. After the strike there were many pit closures and the remaining coal industry was privatised in December 1984, becoming UK Coal. In 1983 Britain had 174 working mines, by 2009, there were only 6. This has had a huge social and economic impact on former coal mining areas across the country, including the North East, particularly in the many villages and towns which had developed around the coal industry and mining was the primary source of employment.

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Coal not Dole T-shirt - NUM Coal Campaign

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UK miners' strike (1984–85)
- A detailed, referenced article covering about the strike, covering background, the sequence of major events, issues in the strike, variation in observing the strike, responses to the strike, mining and ...

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Miners Strike March 30yrs on Rotherham Silverwood Pit (30)

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Miners Strike March 30yrs on Rotherham Silverwood Pit (33)

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Miners Strike March 30yrs on Rotherham Silverwood Pit (73)

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Women in the Miners' Strike 1984/85 in the Northeast of England
- A detailed study about the roles of women in mining-communities in the North East of England and about the way they saw themselves during and after the miners' strike 1984 ...

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COMMUNITIES IN STRIFE - Lord Brian Mackenzie
- "... the country entered into one of the bitterest industrial disputes for many years. The main pits in Durham were on the coast at Easington and Seaham, where mass picketing took ...

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War declared in coalfields as miners strike to save pits
- Article about the Miners Strike, including photos from County Durham and Northumberland. "...THEIR names march out of the past like ghosts from a forgotten battlefield: Sacriston, Dawdon, Murton, Easington, Horden ...

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Normanstrike’s Blog
- "I am proud to say that I spent the whole year as a proud picket, and to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the strike starting I thought people might be ...

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Mining Badge - Remember Orgreave - June 18 1984

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Mining Badge - Thatcher - She's got to go

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Outrage and fury as Thatcher calls strikers the enemy within
- Article, including photos of the Miners Strike in the North East. "A short sentence in a speech one balmy July day, that’s all it was. But it will be ...

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