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    ENGLAND, BRIGHTON AND TIMANSTONE COLLIERY, KENT

    Proposed new talks between miners and the National Coal Board (NCB) were called off on 4/9.

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    Scargill speaking in Brighton.
    Timanstone Colliery.
    Police pushing back picket lines.
    Arresting struggling pickets.
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    Background: ENGLAND, BRIGHTON AND TIMANSTONE COLLIERY, KENT

    Proposed new talks between miners and the National Coal Board (NCB) were called off on 4/9. The President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Arthur Scargill told Trade Unionists gathered in Brighton for their annual congress this week, that the talks had been cancelled by NCB Chairman Ian MacGregor. The NCB later denied it was responsible for calling off the talks. It appeared the two sides could not agree on an agenda for the talks. The NCB insists on closing what it says constitutes loss-making pits while the NUM has consistently refused to negotiate on the issue. The new talks had been announced the previous day, when Mr Scargill won the support of the 18-million strong Trade Union Congress for the strike. The congress agreed to bar coal and substitute fuels from crossing miners' picket lines but power and steel unions refused their backing over this. Mr Scargill said the abortive talks - the initiative of newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell - showed Mr MacGregor and the government were determined to prolong the dispute. Meanwhile, violence broke out as strike breaking miners arrived for work at Timanstone Colliery, in Kent. Scuffles broke out between police and pickets as buses brought in the working miners. There were more than 20 arrests. The incident happened as the Brighton Conference discussed the role of the police throughout the six-month-old strike.

    Source: BBC 1" VIDEO TAPE

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD5DT33NNUHKDIDWXBS2QPK2T
    Media URN:
    VLVAD5DT33NNUHKDIDWXBS2QPK2T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:28:00
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    N/A

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