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‘Women Against Pit Closures’ during the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike.

Women Against Pt Closures member attacked by police at Orgreave

During the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike, women’s groups emerged in various forms and for various purposes. Calling themselves ‘Women Against Pit Closures’, these groups across the country organised not only strike-oriented activities, support and community needs provision, but also came to act autonomously on gendered interests. In what follows I outline a brief history of the miners’ strike, the origins of womens’ activities within this strictly gendered strike and the ways in which womens’ roles were transformed through struggle, not only with the Thatcher government and the NCB, but also with men and the NUM.

‘Women Against Pit Closures’ 1984-5

Women Against Pit Closures, Barnsley Rally

A short history of the Women Against Pit Closures Movement during the 1984-85 Miners Strike

The UK coalminers’ dispute, 1973-4

Miners picket a colliery in Doncaster, 1974

A short account of the national coal miners’ dispute in the winter of 1973-4 which led to the three-day week, the collapse of the Conservative government and a 35% pay increase for the miners.

The 1972 miners' strike: popular agency and industrial politics in Britain

Pickets during the 1972 miners' strike

A detailed and informative account of the successful nationwide strike of UK miners in 1972, written as an academic paper by Jim Phillips.

Workers Playtime on the miners' strike

WP covers

Slightly too late for the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the 1984-85 miners' strike... Here are all the Workers' Playtime articles about the strike and related issues, with PDF and Kindle versions.

Polmaise: the fight for a pit - John McCormack and Simon Pirani

Polmaise miners

This short book/pamphlet was originally published in 1989. It was written by John McCormack, a miner (and NUM delegate) from the Polmaise pit in Scotland, with the the help of Simon Pirani.

Digging deeper: issues in the miners' strike - Huw Beynon

Dig deep for the miners sticker sheet

A collection of articles by 17 different authors analysing the UK miners' strike in detail. It examines the issues at stake, the Tories' strategy, the role of the police and the courts, the miners and their supporters and families, and the TUC and the Labour Party. Published while the strike was still ongoing, in 1985.

South Wales miners strike xmas cards

Pithead image. "Support the miners right to a future"

Set of 4 Xmas cards produced by Rhymney Valley Miners Support Group in South Wales during the strike of 1984-85. Images on the outside and writing by miners on the inside. Black & white scans.

Neither nationalisation nor privatisation 1945-1950: An anarchist approach

This volume is one of a set which celebrates the Freedom Press Centenary by reprinting articles from anarchist journals published by the press between October 1886 and October 1986. Neither Nationalisation Nor Privatisation demonstrates the anarchist stand against the postwar Labour Policies of industrial politicking by articles from Freedom 1945 - 1950. The ironies of popular capitalism that are now proceeding should make this illumination of the onset of the state monopolies a sparkling read for today.

The Lancashire coalfield 1945-1972: NUM-Labour Party hegemony and industrial change

An article by Stephen Catterall on the colliery closures of the fifties and sixties in the Lancashire region and the relationship between the NUM and the Labour Party.