The Latymer School History Magazine - page 31

Crowd gathered outside the
Trade Union Congress
conference hall in Brighton
The miner’s strike, which
occurred across Britain
between 1984 and 1985, was
a protest against Margaret
Thatcher’s decision to shut
down the coal mines.
Thatcher decided to close
the mines because they were
no longer profitable and
costing the state £3 Billion a
year. The mining industry
was nationalised in 1947,
and when Thatcher was
elected in 1979 there were
talks of closing them. As this
threat became a reality, the
miners decided to go on
strike in protest against this
decision, a move which
lasted over a year. This
included the winter season,
to highlight the importance
of coal in Britain. Thatcher
was a very controversial
leader going ahead with the
closures despite the uproar
from the workers.
The strike has been
portrayed in several films.
HOWWAS THE MINER’S
STRIKE PRESENTED IN FILM?
By Will Owen
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