Fact Sheet: The Miners' Strike (Leaflet)
Date:1984
Organisation:National Union of Mineworkers
Collection:British Miners' Strike 1984/85
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25th March 2013

Please Note: This document was added to the archive in conjunction with a number of documents from the 1984/1985 British Miners Strike and support work in Tallaght, Dublin.

For an overview of these documents see the British Miners’ Strike 1984/85 Collection

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  • By: irishelectionliterature Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:24:18

    Ken Loach / Which Side Are You On (1984)

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  • By: Red Hand Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:29:53

    Great resources

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  • By: Uncorruptable Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:24:32

    Lyrics from John lennons ‘Working class hero’ is all i want to post here, fits with the fight of the time & ever more today for us all,

    “As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
    By giving you no time instead of it all
    Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
    A working class hero is something to be

    They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
    They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
    Till you’re so ****ing crazy you can’t follow their rules
    A working class hero is something to be

    When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
    Then they expect you to pick a career
    When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear
    A working class hero is something to be

    Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
    And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
    But you’re still ****ing peasants as far as I can see
    A working class hero is something to be

    There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
    But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
    If you want to be like the folks on the hill

    A working class hero is something to be
    If you want to be a hero well just follow me”

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  • By: Brendan O'Neill Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:15:42

    In April 1985, as a guests of the president of the Neath branch of the N.U.M., Phil Bowen my wife and I visited a number of branches and at Penrhiwceiber, (pronounced Pen-rue-kyber), we witnessed a very young man labouriously pull and sway his way up a steep hill with only a hand rail for support. On enquiring of his state, from a local rep, who told us he had been a miner who now suffered from the dreaded pneumoconiosis,I penned the following;
    Penrhiwceiber.
    And I have seen a young man
    Aged now
    Begin his climb and fail
    Where, once as a boy
    In freedom ran
    And never thought there was a hill
    Nor living death
    Beneath the soil.

    (South Wales April 1985)

    Beneath the soil

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  • By: EAMONN WALSH Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:46:46

    I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE SHOWING OF MY MATERIAL ON THE MINERS WIVES AND CHILDREN VISIT TO DUBLIN .
    THE MOST STRIKING ISSUE THAT COMES ACROSS IS THE WILLINGNESS OF LEFT MINDED WORKING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO BELIEVE IN AND ACTIVELY SUPPORT STRUGGLES TO DEFEND THEIR BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO EARN A DECENT LIVING. DURING THE FIRST WEEK COLLECTING MONEY FOR TO SUPPORT THE STRIKERS IN BARNSLEY I WAS CONFRONTED WITH YOU FEN BRIT SUPPORTER AND AS THE STRUGGLE WAS COVERED ON TV THE MOOD CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AND THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WOMEN’S VISIT THE FUNCTION IN THE LOCAL PUB THE TRADERS WAS JAMED TO FULL CAPACITY AND DID NOT CLOSE UNTIL 1.30 am AND THEN WENT BACK TO MY HOME IN LIMEKILN FARM BESIDE THE PUB AND WE HAD TO TAKE OFF THE INTERNAL DOORS TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE CROWD.IT WAS A GREAT LESSON IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKING PEOPLE’S CAUSES INTERNATIONALLY

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  • By: Branno's ultra-left t-shirt Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:57:28

    The defining moment of the last 30 years: the miners defeat changed everything. Fair play to anyone who collected for them or supported them in any way.

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