Fifty-eight miners in Scotland stayed two days underground to protest the threatened closure of their pit at Devon Colliery, near Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
Deserted pit head
Tilt down from winding gear to truck
GV Welfare Hall at pit, miners outside
Miner enters Hall
Moffat talks to reporters
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Background: Fifty-eight miners in Scotland stayed two days underground to protest the threatened closure of their pit at Devon Colliery, near Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
The pit, Scotland's biggest, is 600 feet below surface. Sixty-five miners originally stayed below but some had to return to the surface because of illness. The pit is due to shut October 2. The National Coal Board claims that in 1957 the pit lost more than GBP200,000.
The men's union however claim the pit is now running at a profit. Over 16,000 miners in Scotland whose pits are earmarked for closure on economy grounds struck in sympathy with the 58 men below.
At the deserted pit head June 25, Scottish miners' president Abe Moffat urged the strikers to return to work so that the situation could be discussed with the Divisional Coal Board.
Later the men underground came to the surface.
The union's action in recommending further negotiations with the Board prevented the strike from spreading to all of the 150 collieries of Scotland's coalfields.