• Short Summary

    Rejecting an invitation to further talks with Britain's Employment Secretary, William Whitelaw, the Executive of the National Union of Miners (NUM) on Tuesday (5 February 1974) voted unanimously to call an all-out strike from midnight Saturday (9 February).

  • Description

    Rejecting an invitation to further talks with Britain's Employment Secretary, William Whitelaw, the Executive of the National Union of Miners (NUM) on Tuesday (5 February 1974) voted unanimously to call an all-out strike from midnight Saturday (9 February). Meeting at their London Headquarters, the 27-man Executive decided to implement forthwith the mandate they were given in last week's ballot by 81 per cent of the miners to with-draw their labour in support of a wage claim.

    The resolution came on the 85th day of an NUM overtime ban, that prompted Prime Minister Edward Heath to put Britain on a three-day work week to save fuel stocks. The miners are demanding a pay boost in excess of the limits set down by the Government's counter-inflation policy.

    Miners' leaders Mick McGahey, Lawrence Daly and Union President Joe Gormley told newsmen after the meeting that they had set up a special committee to organise the strike. They would be meeting leaders of other key union to seek their support.

    On negotiations with the Government, Mr. Gormley said the Executive opposed any further "abortive meetings".

    Reacting to the miners' decision, the Employment Secretary said no Government could have been more reasonable in offering a solution. "Surely ???rational way out can still be fowed," Mr. Whitelaw said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0QRX9JMRG7N0FKB6XHQRXK6H
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0QRX9JMRG7N0FKB6XHQRXK6H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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