Britain today (Friday) approached the end of the first week of its first national strike by coal miners since 1926.
Britain today (Friday) approached the end of the first week of its first national strike by coal miners since 1926. In the mines, the shutdown has been completed, though safety men were still working at a majority of the closed pits.
The 280,000 mineworkers are striking in support of a 47 per cent pay claim. The National Coal Board has so far given no indication that it intends to increase its last offer of a 7.9 per cent pay rise.
The miners have been less successful in their efforts to prevent coal being delivered to about 30 major electricity generating stations. At the big Batteresea and Fulham power stations in London there were little sign of picketing, and the coal was moving normally.
But at Cardiff, in South Wales, dockers acting in sympathy with the miners prevented the unloading of French coal ship and decided that no coal would be unloaded in South Wales for the duration of the strike.