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10 February 2012
Forty years ago today, a miners' strike for a fairer pay system saw some of the biggest demonstrations of workers' power since World War Two. Heath's government was trying to enforce a pay restraint policy in the teeth of rising inflation, writes Bill Mullins
11 January 2012
The widely hyped film 'The Iron Lady' is not intended to cover all the political events of Thatcher's life. It deals with the political issues through the incoherent rambling recollections of an old and demented Thatcher...
16 November 2011
The outbreak of World War One in August 1914 cut across the great industrial unrest which had been gathering pace since 1911...
21 September 2011
The tragic deaths of four coalminers at the Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley, South Wales, has inevitably raised the issue of safety in the mining industry...
13 July 2011
60,000 people descended on Durham on Saturday 9 July for the 127th annual Durham Miners' Gala. The Gala sees ex-miners and their communities join with other trade unionists to march through the city centre...
6 July 2011
Ed Miliband has come under fire for pulling out of speaking at the Durham Miners' Gala. In a cowardly retreat it became clear he did not want to share the stage with Bob Crow, the militant leader of the...
29 June 2011
Play review: Lee Hall, creator of Billy Elliot, focuses here on the real experiences of Ashington miners who, through the Workers Education Association (WEA), become celebrated artists in their spare time, writes Mark Baker.
20 April 2011
A warning for the workers' movement: Following the magnificent 26 March TUC demonstration workers and anti-cuts campaigners want to know how to build the movement to defeat the cuts...
16 February 2011
100 years ago the working class responded to the terrible conditions imposed on them by taking mass industrial action in what became known as the 'great unrest', writes Jim Horton.
15 December 2010
On 10 December, over 300 people attended a public meeting held at the Miners Welfare Hall, Cinderford, to show their anger and disgust at proposed closures of libraries throughout the Forest of Dean, writes Lee Hyett, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.
7 July 2010
Workers' leaders will not be cowed by persecution: Elizabeth Clarke recently made a visit to Kazakhstan. There she met with the leaders of 'Kazakhstan 2012', the increasingly well-known movement that unites workers and communities in struggle across the...
7 July 2010
Socialist Party councillor (Australia) speaks to strikers: ON SATURDAY 26 June I travelled with two comrades from South Africa's Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM, the Socialist Party's counterpart in South Africa) to a mass meeting they had called in Rustenburg, about two hours north west of Johannesburg, writes Steve Jolly,.
31 March 2010
When We Were Miners marks the 25th anniversary of the ending of the 1984/85 miners' strike, the greatest movement of workers in Britain since the 1926 general strike...
17 March 2010
When the 1984-85 miners' strike ended, most of Britain's 180,000 miners had been on strike for a year in a battle to save their pits, their communities and trade unionism...
9 December 2009
SOLIDARITY IS urgently needed for striking South African mineworkers at a plat-inum mine in Rustenburg whose dispute has become extremely bitter, writes Weissman Hamilton and Mametlwe Sebei, Democratic Socialist Movement, (DSM, CWI South Africa).
23 September 2009
The term 'Dirty Thirty' has lived on long after the miners' strike ended in 1985, writes Tony Church. It was the name given to a small band of Leicestershire NUM members, who joined the year long strike in spite of their...
22 July 2009
JULY MARKS the 20th anniversary of the first national miners' strike in the former Soviet Union, which, spreading like wildfire through the Siberian Kuzbass and Artic Vorkuta, Ukrainian Donbass and Karaganda in Kazakhstan, marked the beginning of the end of the bureaucratic soviet regime led by Mikhail Gorbachev, writes Rob Jones, Moscow.
30 June 2009
Speakers at the rally will include: representatives of the Shrewsbury Justice Campaign, Ricky Tomlinson, 1972 jailed picket, Arthur Scargill, NUM leader during the year long miners' strike 25 years ago, Rob Williams, victimised Linamar Swansea Unite convenor and vice chair of NSSN, and a PCS union...
17 June 2009
UNDER THE South Wales area National Union of Mineworkers' banner with the words "Forward to a Socialist Britain and World Peace", singer Billy Bragg treated us to a great concert in Caernarfon on 11 June, writes Jan Underwood, Bangor Socialist Party.
19 March 2009
JUST WHAT planet does the media live on? Its coverage of the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike tried to say it was all about Arthur Scargill versus Margaret Thatcher, writes Dave Griffiths.
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