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    The leaders of Britain's striking coalminers accepted a new pay package on Wednesday (6 March) worth more than GBP100 million sterling.

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    The leaders of Britain's striking coalminers accepted a new pay package on Wednesday (6 March) worth more than GBP100 million sterling.

    It should mean that the country's 270,000 coal miners will return to work on Monday (11 March).

    Mr. Joe Gormley, the miners' union president, said union branches would meet on Friday to consider the pay deal. "We are quite confident the men will be in favour of acceptance," he said.

    The pay deal came after 12 hours of talks with the state-run National Coal Board. Britain's newly-elected Prime Minister Mr. Harold Wilson cleared the way for a swift agreement with the miners by authorizing virtually a free rein for the coal board in the negotiations.

    The miners stopped work on February 10 after a three-month overtime ban that reduced coal stocks to the point where Mr. Edward Heath's Conservative Government put most of Britain on a three-day week. Mr. Heath called a General Election on the challenge "Who Governs Britain" just before the miners began their strike.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LEPAG7WOVXCIVU4CWI28XOGW
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LEPAG7WOVXCIVU4CWI28XOGW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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