In an interview filmed by Visnews on Jan 21, Mr. Will Paynter, president of the?
In an interview filmed by Visnews on Jan 21, Mr. Will Paynter, president of the South Wales area of the National Union of Mineworkers, announced that the coalfield conference held that day in Cardiff had decided not to take strike action against the pit closures to be made next month.
The Conference decided however, to stage a protest against the Coal Board's closure plans, by large scale demonstrations and lobbying of parliament.
The N.C.B. intends to close 36 pits in the country and the South Wales area will be the first to suffer from these closings. Six pits in the South Wales coalfield will be shut down and more than 2,800 men will lose their jobs on February 2. Miner's leaders have already held one protest march in London this month.
The Coal Board maintains that the closures are inevitable because of the growing stockpiles of coal in this country. British pits are overproducing and the demand for coal has been greatly exceeded. Because European coal stocks are also piling up. The export market has fallen. The Board has told miner' leaders that the men in the "shut down" areas will have to look to other industries for work.