1984 Strike Action

Scope and Content

File concerning/including: WPIS and COSA Lodges, holiday pay; correspondence concerning individual cases relating to safety work during the strike and entitlement to concessionary fuel for those who worked during the strike; termination of contract/18 month rule/sick pay during strike; David Williams (the miner who was being driven in the taxi in which the driver, David Wilkie, was killed when strikers dropped a concrete block onto the taxi); re-employment of dismissed strikers; individual cases concerning: statutory sick pay, cash in-lieu payment, harassment/assault on strike breaking miners (including statements made by individuals describing the victimisation) and tax rebate; annual holidays; men on sick during the strike; replacement of craftsmen’s toolkits stolen during the strike; concessionary fuel allowance; NACODS overtime ban; general correspondence/policy surrounding abuse/intimidation of strikebreaking miners (including a draft response to an article in the Daily Telegraph, 12 Apr 1985); dismissals arising from the strike; redundancy; walk out at Celynen North Colliery on 2 May 1985; notes on the proceedings of 7 May 1985 of the trial of Reginald Dean Hancock, Russell Shankland and Anthony Williams, accused of the murder of David Wilkie; position of COSA members in relation to attendance at work during the NUM strike; return to work miners, requests for long distance transfers; long term sickness cases/outstanding holiday pay; mines rescue team – honorariums for part time rescue brigadesmen; suggestion of installation of a Freephone service for miners suffering the aftermath of abuse or intimidation; concessionary fuel/national fuel agreement/house warming loans; NUM ballot on special levy for dismissed miners, Mar 1965; delivery of housecoal/solid fuel to beneficiaries (schools etc) during the strike period; unemployment benefit during the strike; rent arrears as a result of the industrial dispute; cash advances for heating purposes; Lloyds Bowmaker, Finance Group, list of NCB employees in connection with a repayment scheme for their customers; union drivers/haulage drivers/issues/hostilities experienced by drivers in unloading/loading; safety cover – Christmas holiday period; resumption of operations incentive scheme; area policy for return to work, Oct 1984; and special payment on account for canteen/ancillary workers.

Access Information

Contains sensitive personal information concerning sickness, pay, intimidation, criminal offences and the stances taken by individuals during the strike.

Custodial History

Previous reference number: DNCB/67/1/31