Miners on Strike: Class Solidarity and Division in Britain / Edition 1

Miners on Strike: Class Solidarity and Division in Britain / Edition 1

by Andrew J. Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859731724

ISBN-13: 9781859731727

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

When contrasted with their dramatic strike victories of 1972 and 1974, the shattering industrial defeat suffered by British miners in 1985 has been seen as evidence of the further weakening of working-class solidarity. Waged with complete unity, the strikes of 1972 and 1974 brought the miners substantial material gains, contributed to the downfall of a government,

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When contrasted with their dramatic strike victories of 1972 and 1974, the shattering industrial defeat suffered by British miners in 1985 has been seen as evidence of the further weakening of working-class solidarity. Waged with complete unity, the strikes of 1972 and 1974 brought the miners substantial material gains, contributed to the downfall of a government, and reinforced the National Union of Mineworkers' position at the core of the British labour movement. In contrast, 1984-85 saw the miners racked by internal division, and their attempt to resist the pit closure programme of the Thatcher government end in bitter defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859731727
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Glossary of Abbreviations
Introduction: Consciousness and Action amongst British Miners1
1The Basis of Solidarity16
2The Limits of Solidarity39
3The Union and the Problems of Solidarity58
4The Problems of Strike Action84
5Class Consciousness and the Striking Miner I: The Context of Struggle117
6Class Consciousness and the Striking Miner II: The Experience of Struggle149
7Class Consciousness and the Non-Striker: The Roots of Disunity in the 1984-5 Strike175
8Defiance in Defeat: Britain's Miners since 1985205
Appendix241
Bibliography250
Index266

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