Eighty-one police and 78 striking miners were injured at Mike Colliery, Kyushu Province, Japan, Apr 18, when police successfully escorted coach-loads of non-striking miners to the pits, past hostile pickets.
GV. Coaches take workers to mine.
TOP. V.Coach arrives at colliery
CU. Scuffle as workers get out of coach.
LV. Workers out of coach run into mine.
STV. Workers run into mine.
SV. Miners and police scuffle outside mine.
SV. Police with searchlights.
STV. Groups of miners and police press against each other.
LV. Workers inside hall wait to leave mine.
SV. Workers leave mine.
SV. Police on guard at barrier.
TOP V. Workers leave - police on guard.
STV. PAN. Over ditto.
CTV. Group of miners press against group of police cheer leader in FG.
LV. Coach trying to leave stopped by barrier of miners.
SV. Miners clamber onto roof of coach.
LV. Groups rush towards barrier in road.
SV. Groups around barrier skirmishing.
SV. Men argue and point.
LV. Line of police PAN to groups of miners (Now all quiet).
Groups of miners.
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Background: Eighty-one police and 78 striking miners were injured at Mike Colliery, Kyushu Province, Japan, Apr 18, when police successfully escorted coach-loads of non-striking miners to the pits, past hostile pickets.
The thin picket line was caught off guard when police arrived with 150 would-be workers from a splinter union - secessionists from the striking body - but lorry-loads of re-inforcements were rushed up to join battle with 2,000 police.
Mitsui Mining Company, owners of Miike Colliery, called members of the splinter union back to work after a reconciliation plan proposed by the Labour Relations Board was accepted by other Mitsui mine employees but rejected by those at Miike. Basis of the plan was dismissal of 1,100 redundant Mitsui workers, and 110,000 from Japan's entire coal industry.
This outbreak of violence at Miike - there was another on Mar 28 makes conciliation between management and strikers even more difficult.