Britain's minors show no signs of giving up the overtime ban which has put the rest of the country's industry on a three-day working week.
GV Treharis ZOOM TO Pithead
SV Miners coming off morning shift (2 shots)
SV & CU Miners speaking:
MINER: "I come from London. I have been working in this pit now for 26 years, and I tell you every man that works in this pit is worth his salt and the wages that we're getting is disgusting taking home. Anybody can have my job anytime they like if they want to work down this pit for the money I'm earning.
REPORTER: "Aren't you concerned...?"
MINER: "I'm concerned about the country, yes. But, I'm also c???ned about a living wage."
REPORTER: "The fact that you're holding this country to ra??? by this overtime ban. How do you fell about that?"
2ND. MINER: "Well I don't think we are. I think it's Ted ???ath's government."
3RD, MINER: "It's not like working in an office is it? It's not only that it's when you go down in that carriage there and you're breathing that dust and you come home and all the year you do it and what do you get of if? So these people up in London, they don't know nothing about it. They don't want to know it do they?
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(Interviews with miners members of the mining community in the Welsh mining town if Treharis appear on film. A transcript follows).
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Background: Britain's minors show no signs of giving up the overtime ban which has put the rest of the country's industry on a three-day working week.
Mining communities and the quarter-of-a-million miners still believe their claim for more pay is fair. The government say the miners' pay increase would break wage restrictions brought in to stop prices rising.
Britain's opposition Labour party have just produced an election manifesto on the country's present problems and there are rumours that there could be an early general election. The Labour party have promised to end all legal controls on pay rises but recent opinion polls back the government's stand on pay and prices and give the ruling Conservative party a three per cent lead over Labour.