Led by Lady Megan Lloyd George, other Welsh Members of Parliament and Union officials, thousands of Welsh miners marched through the streets of Swansea Jan 21, in protest against the National Coal Board's pit closure policy.
TGV Overlooking a south Wales coal mine.
LV (silent) Ditto.
CU (Silent) Pit head wheel stops
LTV (SOF) Miners marching through Swansea.
TV Zoom (SOF) in At the head of the procession is Lady Megan Lloyd George with Welsh M.P'S and Union officials
GV (SOF) Procession in street.
TV (SOF) Marching to the band.
STV (SOF) Head of the procession.
SCU Two Welshmen watching.
GV (sof) The rally, Welsh Union leader Will Paynter speaks - applause on end,
GV (silent) Pit heads.
GV (silent) The sun descends over the mountains of coal.
TRANSCRIPT: Mr. Will Paynter: "We are told that this unemployment is temporary. We recognize that unemployment cannot be isolated to a particular industry. We understand unemployment represents not only a scourge and a hardship as far as those unemployed are concerned; we recognize, as unemployed men, that it represents a constant menace to our standards of life, our living and working conditions. That is why we unite to fight it. We wish to make our position as a Union clear. We are in favour of a lower retirement age in the coal mining industry. We believe that the man who works below ground until he is 60 has worked long enough below ground in order to be able to retire."
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Background: Led by Lady Megan Lloyd George, other Welsh Members of Parliament and Union officials, thousands of Welsh miners marched through the streets of Swansea Jan 21, in protest against the National Coal Board's pit closure policy. During a meeting after the procession, in the shadow of huge coal stockpiles, Mr. Will Paynter, President of the South Wales area of the National Union of Mineworkers, said;
Large scale demonstrations and lobbying of Parliament are part of protest plans organized by the Miners. 700 Welsh miners scheduled to march through London to the House of Commons Jan 28, fell victims to dense fog. Coach loads were lost enroute. The handful that managed to grope their way to London lobbied Members of Parliament.
The National Coal Board has decided to close 36 of Britain's coal mines. The South Wales area will be the first to suffer. Six pits are under immediate sentence of closure and more than 2,800 men will lose their jobs on Feb. 2. Their point of view is that the pits are over-producing -- stockpiles are growing because Britain is not using as much as was predicted. Industry is turning to other fuels for power. The Miners feel that the Government should legislate to promote further Industrial use of coal...stop open cast mining..seek out other fields of consumption.