Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years on
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The scars left by the 1984/85 "Great Strike for Jobs" are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaway Union of Democratic Miners.
Look Back in Anger puts these events into context, giving a history of the coalfields through the twentieth century and the first comprehensive overview of the strike year in Nottinghamshire. Harry Paterson has interviewed striking and working miners, Coal Board officials, women active in opposing the pit closures, Council officials and others. The book includes information that has never before appeared in print, alongside memorabilia and personal letters from the period.
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A recommendation, which way would the recommendation go: to stop out or go back? Whichever way the NEC, with his casting vote swinging it, went, he would be damned as the one man holding all those starving miners out on strike, or else the treacherous bastard who led us up the garden path then sold us out.”69 Only Scargill himself knew why he’d acted thus and in the thirty years since, he has remained tight-lipped. At around 3.00pm the NUM President announced from the steps of the TUC.
Concerned that Lynk’s organisation was struggling to make headway outside its Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire base. Others were unconcerned. Those privy to the NCB’s and Government’s long-term plans knew that over one hundred pits would close in the period from 1985 to 1990, with the loss of nearly 120,000 jobs, and as long as the UDM dominated the lucrative Nottinghamshire and Midlands coalfields, it would be doing exactly what it was intended to do. Apart from anything else, the idea of two.
Most turbulent industrial dispute that saw policing change to an overtly political function. Since the strike, politically motivated police abuse of power and deep-rooted corruption are now commonplace. Orgeave, Hillsborough, the Stephen Lawrence scandal and the use of undercover officers to infiltrate ‘subversive’ environmental groups – even sleeping with activists and fathering their children – has led to widespread revulsion and distrust of the police in many parts of the UK. When the strike.
It were a shame they hadn’t shot all of the bloody Met.” Meanwhile, in Nottinghamshire, conflict was brewing again among Labour Party activists, local councillors and the Party’s East Midlands regional command. Labour left-wingers, some of whom were striking miners themselves, put together a controversial initiative that sought to ban working miners from standing as Labour candidates in the local elections, which were due the following May. The striking miners, with whom the proposal had.
Ability to operate effectively. Among its elements were: Authority for the Government to pay compensation to employees who lost their jobs due to the closed-shop practices enshrined in previous Labour administrations’ legislation. A substantial increase in compensation to those whose employment was terminated for refusing to join a union in a closed-shop workplace. The repeal of the previous immunity from civil action for trade unions. The banning of secondary action by a trade union. The right.