Collieries, communities and the miners' strike in Scotland, 1984-85

By Jim Phillips

Collieries, communities and the miners' strike in Scotland, 1984-85


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9672-3
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: September 2014
  • BIC Category: Pressure groups & protest movements, Politics & government, HISTORY / Social History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Society & social sciences / Demonstrations & protest movements, Politics
  • Series: Critical Labour Movement Studies


This book, available at last in paperback, analyses the 1984-85 miners' strike by focusing on its vital Scottish dimensions, especially the role of workplace politics and community mobilisation. The year-long strike began in Scotland, with workers defending the moral economy of the coalfields, and resisting pit closures and management attacks on trade unionism. The book relates the strike to an analysis of changing coalfield community and industrial structures from the 1960s to the 1980s. It challenges the stereotyped view that the strike began in March 1984 as a confrontation between Arthur Scargill, the miners' leader, and Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. Before this point, in fact, fifty percent of Scottish miners were already on strike or engaged in a significant pit-level dispute with their managers, who were far more confrontational than their counterparts in England and Wales. The book explores the key features of the strike that followed in Scotland: the unusual industrial politics; the strong initial pattern of general solidarity; and then the emergence of varieties of pit-level commitment.


It deserves to be read by all those interested in Scotland's recent social history and contemporary political culture.


Introduction: Rethinking the 1984-5 miners' strike

Part I: Origins and outbreak
1. Collieries, communities and coalfield politics
2. Closures and workplace conflict: the origins of the strike

Part II: The strike
3. The Scottish industrial politics of the strike
4. Communities and colliery-level commitment
5. Ending and aftermath
6. Legacy and conclusion



Jim Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow

Collieries, communities and the miners' strike in Scotland, 1984-85

By Jim Phillips

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