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    Mr Angry wrote:
    Llanmartinangel wrote:
    The unions of the seventies were a much greater threat to this country than the Iraqis that Bliar threw all our sophisticated weaponry at. I wonder if the 30yr rule will reveal his and Brown's iniquities.
    Why were they a threat ?
    In the 1970s you could be refused employment (or sacked) if you refused to join a union. Including at the Argus as print unions were particularly militant. Closed shops were legal, as were idiotic demarkation lines, restrictive practices, strikes without ballots, and sympathy strikes where an employer, not even in dispute with their employees, could be shut down because of it's workforce being called out in sympathy with an unrelated dispute. In many ways the miners were a side-show of the war. The government HAD to regain control from militant union bosses and both Wilson and Heath had failed. Wilson repealed the Industrial Relations Act and replaced it with his own voluntary agreement, the 'Social Contract'. The unions drove a bull-dozer through it. With the economy in serious economic trouble and begging from the IMF Thatcher was the only one with the mandate and the will to take the battle on. This is a short but interesting read:
    http://www.nationala
    rchives.gov.uk/cabin
    etpapers/alevelstudi
    es/1960-radicalisati
    on.htm"
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Files show truth

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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