700 Welsh miners scheduled to march through London to the House of Commons Jan 28 fell victims of dense fog.
700 Welsh miners scheduled to march through London to the House of Commons Jan 28 fell victims of dense fog. Coach loads were lost en route from Wales. Officials stamped feet and swung arms waiting hopefully at the bitterly cold rendezvous for the coaches to emerge through the murk. VISNEWS filmed the handful that managed to grope their way to London, and their subsequent arrival at Westminster where they lobbied Members of Parliament.
Protests are against the National Coal Board's decision to close 36 coal pits in Britain. The South Wales area will be the first to suffer. Six pits are under immediate sentence and more than 2,800 men will lose their jobs on Feb 2. President of the South Wales Area of the National Union of Mineworkers Will Paynter said "There is fear and alarm throughout the coalfields. Many fear that other closures may be imminent".
The Coal Board's point of view is that the pits are overproducing -- stockpiles are growing because Britain is not using as much coal as had been predicted. Industry was 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.