On the eve of its most crucial annual meeting Britain's Trade Union Congress appears to have settled a dispute over the miners strike.
Miners walking to Brighton.
Frank Chapple speaking.
Bill Sirs speaking.
Arthur Scargill speaking.
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On the eve of its most crucial annual meeting Britain's Trade Union Congress appears to have settled a dispute over the miners strike. Delegates representing 10 million trade unionists seem certain now to fully support the coalminers' 25-week old fight to save pits and jobs. At a meeting of TUC Chiefs led by General Secretary Len Murray, a pact was sealed (31/8) with miners' leader Arthur Scargill to back the miners by banning movement of coal across miners' picket lines. But the agreement brought angry reactions from the steel and electricity unions which said it would close their industries. Following a meeting with his delegation (2/9) Bill Sirs, the Steelworkers' leader, said his union would abstain in tomorrow's vote on the issue, and that a ballot would be held to find out how steel workers felt over the issue. A more decisive reaction came from electricity union leader Frank Chapple who told reporters he would advise his workers to ignore the TUC resolution. Chapple said the deal with the miners, if passed, could cause the collapse of the Trade Union Movement and lead to the loss of more than just miners' jobs. Miners leader Arthur Scargill said he hoped the two union leaders would reconsider and give the miners full support.
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