• Short Summary

    ENGLAND, LANCASHIRE AND NOTTINGHAM

    Britain's miners held a big march in Nottingham on April 14 to rally support for their strike over pit closures.Thousands of miners - many from the biggest mining area, Yorkshire - marched through the city's streets.Later, they crowded into a Methodist Church Hall to hear speeches from the Labour MP for Chesterfield, Tony Benn, and the President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Arthur Scargill.Mr.Benn said the miners' cause had captured the imagination of the working class movement in Britain while Mr.Scargill urged other trade unionists to support his union against pit closures.Some mining areas, including Nottinghamshire, have voted against strike action.They want a national union ballot on the issue.Under present NUM regulations fifty-five percent of the membership has to vote for a strike before an official stoppage can be called.But a special miners' conference, to be held in Sheffield next week, is likely to reduce that figure to fifty percent.Miners' leaders in Lancashire have already decided to support plans to change the existing regulations.

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    Miners' rally in Nottingham attended by miners' leader Arthur Scargill.
    Tony Benn speaking about strike followed by Arthur Scargill speaking.
    Separate rally in Lancashire.
    Initials


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    Background: ENGLAND, LANCASHIRE AND NOTTINGHAM

    Britain's miners held a big march in Nottingham on April 14 to rally support for their strike over pit closures.Thousands of miners - many from the biggest mining area, Yorkshire - marched through the city's streets.Later, they crowded into a Methodist Church Hall to hear speeches from the Labour MP for Chesterfield, Tony Benn, and the President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Arthur Scargill.Mr.Benn said the miners' cause had captured the imagination of the working class movement in Britain while Mr.Scargill urged other trade unionists to support his union against pit closures.Some mining areas, including Nottinghamshire, have voted against strike action.They want a national union ballot on the issue.Under present NUM regulations fifty-five percent of the membership has to vote for a strike before an official stoppage can be called.But a special miners' conference, to be held in Sheffield next week, is likely to reduce that figure to fifty percent.Miners' leaders in Lancashire have already decided to support plans to change the existing regulations.

    Source: BBC 1", VIDEO TAPE

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BLA6L0ARYVB991T9BM6ML06M
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BLA6L0ARYVB991T9BM6ML06M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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