By Sannah, Nabiha and Farzana
The miners' strike (1984-1985) was a major industrial action affecting the British coal industry. A strike by some miners (without a strike ballot) called by miners; union leader Arthur Scargill. The striking miners used violence to prevent those miners who didn't want to stike (the majority) from going in to work. Flying pickets were groups of striking miners sent to pits where the majority of miners were still working to prevent them from getting into work. The government responded with a mass police presence at pits effected to use intimidation (and sometimes violence) of their own to get rid of the flying pickets.
What was the Miners' Strike
This photograph shows that the miners equality right was taken away as it says that thatcher pays police to starve kids. This is also seen as cruelty and so miners are very much offended by it
A PERSONAL STORY OF AN 8 YEAR OLD MINER..
I was there. 8 years old. Us kids used to hide behind walls and throw stones at the police. As well as the social stress from the strike, I had lots of family problems and once when I was really upset, I got a big stick and ran up the the riot police line as they faced off against the striking miners. I started to hit the riot shield of a policeman with my full 8 years old strength. The policeman casually shrugged me off with a push of his shield and I stumbled back and fell over. One of the older striking miners called Mick, who knew my family slightly, ran over from the miners line to help me up. Three police then hit Mick with their sticks. This made the miners very angry and reacting as one, they all charged the police line and laid into the police, even though the odds were impossible and they were unquestionably going to get a savage beating from the fully armed police.
Lots of miners lost jobs which led to a lot of people to be in debt. This also meant that no one was working so not enough work was being done. Moreover, this also meant that family's were left to be starved and put on the streets. This again was taking away many rights of the miners. For example their right of equality was taken away as the miners were left poor and the government were "Rolling in Money"