South Wales Coalfield Collection

1983 Strike Project

Ref.No. Description Dates
VID/11 Interview of Davies, Eric.
Interview of Eric Davies, secretary of Brynlliw Lodge and a member of the NUM South Wales Area Executive. He talks about the loss of jobs in the South Wales Coalfield, the dispute at Lewis Merthyr Colliery, the decision to have a national strike ballot, the lack of investment by the National Coal Board in South Wales as compared to Yorkshire, the attitude in Yorkshire towards a strike, the effects of a strike ballot, the appointment of Ian McGregor as chairman of the National Coal Board.
Covers period : 1982-1983 (c).
Running time : 5 mins 22 secs.
3.3.1983
VID/12 Interview of Hartwell, Dane.
Interview of Dane Hartwell, secretary of Blaengwrach Lodge and a member of the NUM South Wales Area Executive. He talks about the stay-in strike at Lewis Merthyr Colliery, the decision to have a national strike ballot, the lack of investment by the National Coal Board in South Wales, the attitude in Northumberland towards a strike, getting support in other mining areas and the effect on the ballot of the appointment of Ian McGregor as chairman of the National Coal Board.
Covers period : 1982-1983 (c).
Running time : 6mins 25secs.
3.3.1983
VID/162 Interview of Aberpergwm Colliery workers.
Interview of men from Aberpergwm Colliery picketing at Skewen about their reaction to the announced closure of the colliery and the South Wales coalfield coming out on strike.
Running time : 7mins 19secs.
1983
VID/163 Interview of pickets at Onllwyn Washery.
Interview of men picketing Onllwyn Washery during the 1983 strike - what they think about the strike organisation, what they think the result of the strike will be, what would happen if pits closed and how the coal industry has been managed.
Running time : 11mins 37secs.
1983
VID/164 Interview of Aberpergwm Colliery workers.
Interview of men who work at Aberpergwm Colliery - what they think about the announced closure of the colliery, bad planning at Aberpergwm, the handling of the strike and their determination to save the colliery.
Running time : 15mins 43secs.
1983

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