As Britain entered its most bitter General Election in thirty years, the coal miners, whose overtime ban for higher pay precipitated the dissolution of Parliament, finally went out in a full national strike at midnight on Saturday (9 February).
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Background: As Britain entered its most bitter General Election in thirty years, the coal miners, whose overtime ban for higher pay precipitated the dissolution of Parliament, finally went out in a full national strike at midnight on Saturday (9 February).
Coal production in the United Kingdom ceased completely on Saturday morning and shortly afterwards miners' pickets began appearing outside national power stations.
However, all unions affiliated with the Trades Union Council have ordered there members not to break the strike or to take coal or oil through the picket lines.
The strike began officially at mid-night on Saturday, but because of the overtime ban the Saturday day-shift failed to report for work.
The overtime ban, which began last November, failed to reduce national coal stocks sufficiently to force the Government to capitulate on the miners' pay claim.
The Conservative Government's alleged the miners' clain, which exceeded the government's Stage Three wage limitations, would contribute to inflation.
The National Union of Mineworkers replied that miners were a special case and were entitled to special consideration.
With the e ection timed for February 28th, Britain is facing its first election under a State of Emergency and the first election precipitated solely by industrial action.