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30 years since start of miners' strike

The miners' strike started in March 1984 and within days half the country's mineworkers had walked out in protest at pit closures. Thousands of men refused to return to work at pits in the North East pits in protest at government plans to cut jobs.

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Anonymous strike breaker tells why he disagreed with industrial action

I went back to work because I never considered the strike to be legal. It was all done wrong. There was no ballot. A contributing factor was money. We were trying to live on seven pounds a week. With a family that's not just difficult. It's impossible.

– Anonymous

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