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Arthur Scargill and Orgreave Coking Plant Arthur Scargill was the head of the National Union of Miners (NUM). He started strike action by the miners over increased pit closures. This was Britain's most bitter and bloody industrial dispute of the 20th century. Arthur Scargill was a Marxist Yorkshireman and anticipated that the government may start closing more and more pits. So three years earlier in 1981 Arthur Scargill held a ballot in which its 66,000 members of the Yorkshire NUM were asked if they would take strike action if any pit was threatened with closure "unless on the grounds of exhaustion" This was the foundation for a countrywide strike without the need for National Ballot. ...read more.


Arthur Scargill employed his tactic to prevent the coke produced to reach the Scunthorpe steel works. On May 5th 1984, Arthur Scargill amassed the largest picket of the strike so far with at least five thousand miners gathered outside the Orgreave coking plant near Sheffield. Arthur Scargill the leader of the National Union of Minors called on the miners to picket the plant to try and stop the British steels coke convoys. The picket of at least five thousand was met by police from ten different counties. The trouble started at about 9:00 when the pickets spotted the first convoy. They started to battle with police on horse back. ...read more.


He also went on to say that "The intimidation and the brutality that has been displayed are something reminiscent of a Latin American state." However the minors clash with the police at the Orgreave coking plant failed to have the desired effect as the pickets failed to stop or even restrict power supplies to the nation. Arthur Scargill eventually managed some success when a total of 15,000 pickets besieged a coke depot at Saltley, near Birmingham. The police were forced to close the gates and prevent supplies leaving. The fight of the union against the conservative government ended up in the unions losing out. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Darren Smith ...read more.

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