The Thatcher Government and the Decline of the National Union of Mineworkers, c.1985-1990

Steven Daniels
In 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was unquestionably the single most powerful trade union in the county and the ‘tip of the spear’ of the trade union movement, a position held comfortably since the Second World War. Within a decade, its once unquestionable power base was broken, the coal industry privatised, and the trade union movement within it deeply divided and marginalised. Today, the NUM is barely a shell of its former self,...
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