‘An enormous sense of solidarity’: London and the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike

Summer 2018
DOI: 10.3898/SOUN:69.06.2018

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures, in action supported by the National Union of Mineworkers. Alongside the dispute a large and diverse support movement developed, within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to mining areas and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. The three personal testimonies brought together here, extracts from a recently produced booklet on London and the 1984-5 miners’ strike, give a powerful sense of the depth and diversity of that solidarity.

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