About: Miners' strike - 30 years since the pit crisis of 1984
Feel so sorry for all coal miners they are the ones who made this country what it is today then treated so badly, respect to all the coal miners 👍
The same injustice was served to dinosaur farmers and their communities many years before .
You can not have a national strike without a national ballot, and you can not have any union bringing down a government, that's for the voting public.
This whole 'Thatcher did it' mindset is really ridiculous. She did no more than any other leader, left or right had been doing for decades. The mining industry was in steady decline from the mid 1920's and It was an pretty even split between labour and conservatives on mine closures.
Between 1947 and 1994 around 950 pits were closed.
Attlee (Labour) closed 101 pits from 1947-1951
Macmillan (Conservative) closed 246 pits from 1957-1963
Wilson (Labour) closed 253 pits from 1964-1977
Heath (Conservative) closed 26 pits from 1970-1974
Thatcher (Conservative) closed 115 pits from 1979-1990.
To blame Thatcher is disingenuous in the extreme. She put the final nail in the coffin, but it was dead and closed long before she came to power.
Coal was increasingly not needed, expensive and dirty. Pit closures were a fact of life in an era of modernisation, and though it was painful to lose those jobs, it was also inevitable. Especially given how militant the miners had become in the '70's. They accelerated their own demise by mistakenly believing they were still a vitally important element to British industry and still had the same power they enjoyed when screwing Callaghan over. Their actions were what brought Thatcher to power in a landslide victory. Their efforts were futile and self defeating against her. The public was not on their side. History was not on their side. Economics was not on their side and the miners were never going to win a war that lopsided.
Now let's be honest .
If Thatcher hadn't of closed the pits ?
Then Major or Blair would of shut them .
Arsehole political idiots ruin people's lives
Coal mining would have ended anyway due to the Climate Change Act.
Beautifully shot piece. But as far as content this really missed the mark. The focus should have been on the people and what happened to them. You had several people that said they won because they came together and had lots of pride. But what happened to the people? This "story" told very little.
Please watch this guy's channel, and others similar, and please make your feelings clear to this Class Traitor https://youtu.be/qwQVhLIHPXk
So glad coal mining is now gone from the UK forever.
These days we are constantly being told that people should stop using coal and other fossil fuels for environmental reasons,
But as the Miners’ strike 35 years ago showed, it will be very difficult, if not impossible to do that, without destroying jobs,
Lives and communities in the process. That is why, certainly for the foreseeable, future, most of energy production will
Come from fossil fuels, and all this talk of cutting emissions will remain just that - talk.
The miners, united, will never....oh hang on
I wish Thatcher was back in charge of the country today...
I am an ex-miner in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, I did not strike and worked every day 1984-85, as I believed and still do that it is totally unacceptable to be dictated to by Arthur Scargill.
I joined the breakaway union in 1985 the UDM because decisions made must be done in a way that is democratic, vote, act on it and respect that a majority vote should be adhered to.
Maybe Arthur Scargill was correct in the sense that coal mines were on the list for closure, and quite right to if they were making a loss, no mine should be subsidised by the rest, he just reacted in the wrong way and did nothing right and made it a whole lot worse.
You also cannot try to bring a Government down and get away with it, after that Margret Thatcher dug her heels in and did everything to get rid of the trouble NUM, if anything the strikers accelerated the closures.
I am very proud to have been a coal miner, but things change, it was inevitable that we were going to move away from coal.
It saddens me that today after a third of a Century the Industry destroyer (strikers, mainly from Yorkshire) can’t move on and still try to cause trouble.
I am a member of a coal mining memories Facebook page and get so much abuse from them, I find it quite funny how childish they can be, you would have thought they would have grown up a little.
The union went about it the wrong way
The union should of recommended strike action and give us a National ballot
If the union had got the right result in a ballot for strike we all would have came out
Every pit in every area would have been out
I don’t know if it would of stopped solid for a full year though
So glad the coal mines are gone forever.
I know it was terrible!, fancy shutting a pit that was not making any money because the workers were paid more money than they were worth
It was indeed the best year of my life in heavy industry too. The freinds and sence of union in the coal industry will never be seen again. Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.
Didn't know Tom Jones went down the pit 😂
I'm a scab and proud! I earned a fortune!