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    Llanmartinangel wrote:
    Mr Angry wrote:
    How did the unions cause this, people go on strike because they have a grievance, employers cause strikes not unions. When some cowboy employer cuts pay and conditions what are the workforce supposed to do tug their forlock and say 'Yes guv I knows me place'

    Unions are needed to protect employees from employers like you.
    Useless employees might need unions. So in your world the union representing power workers with the muscle to shut it off can pretty much demand what they want? The best thing Thatcher did was stop the tail wagging the dog. They represent a tiny minority of the UK public. They are not elected.
    Maybe in your cosy world now of no contracts so if you're employed for a short time in many jobs and the employer has not paid his dues and the gone it liquidation you have no cover or back up because he did not allow unions to go about there business in that place of work.
    Agencies work. pay the employee as little as possible claim as much on his back as the agency can get rid when you like.
    Not a care if he's got a family and a mortgage then he finds out is n.i was not paid.
    He will be ok maggie told him when he bought his coucil house as long as you go to work till you drop dont go on the sick don't fight for any rights don't join a union and do what your employers say even if you think it could kill you. She
    She cut the the power of entry to health and safety inspectorate so they had to tell the employer he or she was comeing the normal health and safety rep was a union member.
    The miner's had Arthur the railwaymen had sidney wayhill untill he did not do what he was told by his membership (HE WAS SACKED) Arthur did what he was told and was never ask to resign by the membership.
    Three year after the strike john pillger the famous investigation journalist did a documentary and found all the alowgations against him were lies and government proper gander even Sir Ian McGraeger said that in his book.
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Files show truth

First published in Letters

WITH the release of secret Government papers under the 30 year rule, at last the truth has come out about the 1984-5 miners strike. Despite all their denials at the time, Margaret Thatcher and the Tories had a hidden agenda to destroy the mining industry, through her well-planned strategy of killing off Britain’s weak, poorly-led Trade unions. She first struck at the engineering unions, and provoked a strike with British Leyland.

Her next target was the steel industry, which initiated the demise of the 10,000 strong Llanwern steel union membership.

The public sector followed, including nurses and the whole of the NHS. The railway union was next in line.

Arthur Scargill did his utmost to expose the half truths and downright lies.

However, with the help of the media – especially the London press and a hostile Parliament, including Welsh MPs, the lies of Thatcher and MacGregor began to stick. The miners fought a heroic fight back. Cardiff and our Valleys were at the centre of the world’s attention.

They were never defeated. They marched back to their pits and the prospect of a devastated community.

A lost generation of kids will forever curse Thatcher, MacGregor and the Tories.

Ray Davies Pandy Road Caerphilly

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