Remembering the miners’ strike 30 years on

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A year-long strike which became one of the country’s greatest trade union struggles started 30 years ago today.

On March 5, 1984, Yorkshire miners walked out on strike after the National Coal Board announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery, near Barnsley.

Unions were told Cortonwood was just the first of a widespread closure programme which would shut 20 pits, with the loss of 20,000 jobs.

 

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