November 30, 2014 by dontbringlulubook
Updated with fresh pix and a bit more on cheaper coal
30 years ago this month, Sarah Onions, then a full-time journalist, went to work for Radio Trent based in Nottingham in November 1984. The miners’ strike was already underway but one of the running stories for the Trent newsroom (led by news editor Dave Newman and deputy Phil Dixon) was the formation of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers or UDM. The breakaway union was formed mostly from working Nottinghamshire miners.These miners did return to work in the East Midlands coalfields but it cause bitterness – sometimes within families where one man stayed out on strike and one man went back to work.
The UDM officially formed in 1985 but had unofficially been organising since the summer of 1984. The pit strike had begun earlier in ’84 after the National Coal Board announced 5 pits would close (Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister at this stage). The leader of the National Union of Mineworkers Arthur Scargill started official…
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