South Wales Issues

Scope and Content

[File of A Shambrook, South Wales Area Industrial Relations Officer].

File concerning/including, but not limited to: draft of circulars to all South Wales Miners and to those at specific collieries, issued by the NCB to encourage return to work, Feb 1985. Also includes statistics on number of responses from each pit to the circulars; a message from Philip Weekes, Director, South Wales Area, 5 Nov 1984; notes/papers on individual cases on the following topics: legal action against NUM; an anonymous letter concerning an individual thought to be falsely claiming sick benefits; comments made on individuals expressing a wish to return to work at central washeries; pay enquiries for striking employees; list of NUM members involved in damaging NCB property; haulier legal case; NCB correspondence sent in error to a deceased worker; return to work issues (employees refusing to work with an individual); details of two workers from Penallta colliery killed in a car accident in Newport; annual holidays; statistics of projected output following full return to work, Dec 1984; resumption priorities/lists of issues that would need addressing on resumption of work, such as supply of work clothes, stocking of canteens and repair of boilers in pithead baths; resumption of operations incentive scheme; papers/letters issued by the Council of Churches for Wales; newspaper cutting concerning an assault made on a working miner by strikers; safety cover – including Christmas period; trust fund for taxi driver David Wilkie; position of officials (to raise with NACODS); sick pay; transport for mineworkers returning to work; individual colliery newsletters; manuscript minutes of meetings held by South Wales NCB/individual collieries to discuss strike action; minutes of meetings with NACODS; procedures to be followed during the course of industrial action; South Wales Area statement and press statements; summary of strike situation in offices and administration; coal distribution during the strike; sequestration of NUM (South Wales) Assets; photocopy of NUM leaflet; summary of effects of picketing at various collieries/offices in south Wales, May/Jun 1984; list of strike breaking lorry firms blacklisted by NUM, 2 Oct 1984; and supply of coal to hospitals.

Access Information

Contains sensitive personal information concerning issues surrounding return to work, redundancy, sickness benefit and pay.

Custodial History

Previous reference number: DNCB/67/1/32