┆Footage of speeches at UCW conference by Jack Taylor, President of the Yorkshire National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and Alan Tuffin, UCW General Secretary, cut with photographs of the dispute. Comments on the strike by conference delegates follow.
Subjects of Taylor’s speech include: National Coal Board leaders’ belief that miners would not follow NUM leaders; their desire to destroy the coal industry and replace it with nuclear power; NUM leaders’ refusal to discuss pit closures; their rejection of a ballot on the strike; successful defence of NUM Yorkshire area offices against sequestration; need for all miners to support the strike; police attacks on pickets; women’s role in the strike; need for funds to fight legal cases; need to defend nationalised coal industry; need for whole labour movement to support the miners.
Subjects of Tuffin’s speech includes: distorted media coverage of the miners’ strike; concerted attack on pay and jobs; UCW executive council’s authorisation of support for days of action in Scotland and Wales; call on TUC general council to demand that prime minister instructs NCB to settle the dispute and to take general action if she does not; pledge of UCW support for miners.
Subjects of UCW members comments include: women’s provision of food parcels for strikers’ families; shared interests of public sector worker; threat to mining communities; police attacks on pickets; strength of miners and their communities.
Produced by Smith Bundy Video. Sub-titles added by MRC, September 2022.