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The Mold riots: The summer of ‘69

The story of the 1869 riots in Mold, Wales. Following a trial in which miners were convicted of assaulting their manager, soldiers fired on angry protesters, killing four and injuring dozens.

Reflections on sabotage, theirs and ours - Jeff Shantz

An illustration of 'the leisure class'

On capitalist and worker sabotage in environmental struggle.

Workers Playtime on the miners' strike

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Slightly too late for the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the 1984-85 miners' strike... Here are all the Workers' Playtime articles about the strike and related issues, with PDF and Kindle versions.

Digging deeper: issues in the miners' strike - Huw Beynon

Dig deep for the miners sticker sheet

A collection of articles by 17 different authors analysing the UK miners' strike in detail. It examines the issues at stake, the Tories' strategy, the role of the police and the courts, the miners and their supporters and families, and the TUC and the Labour Party. Published while the strike was still ongoing, in 1985.

The great strike of the Northumberland and Durham coalfield, 1844 - Derrik Scott

Historical information about a big strike of miners in the UK in 1844, including the background of previous disputes in 1831 and 1765.

Battle of Blair mountain, 1921, photo gallery

Photographs of the battle of Blair mountain, the largest armed rebellion in the US since the civil war. For five days in late August and early September, 1921 in Logan County, West Virginia, 10,000 striking coal miners battled with armed strikebreakers and federal troops following the killing of miners and their supporters in Welch and Sharples. Faced with the overwhelming firepower of US troops and even the air force, the miners eventually surrendered or returned to their homes.

West Virginia's mine wars, 1920-1921

Miners give up their weapons after the battle of Blair mountain

A short historical account and background of the often violent conflict between workers and employers in West Virginia's mines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, compiled by the West Virginia State Archives.

King Coal - Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair's first novel about the conditions of miners in America, and documents the strikes of 1914-15 in Colorado. Similar to The Jungle and its exposing of conditions and corruption in the Meat Packing centre of Chicago.

A proletarian note: On the reality of a tragedy in Soma - Hamid Moradei

Erdogan's sadistic comment :"Explosions like this in these mines happen all the time.” after more than 300 lives have been lost in a barbaric way for capitalist production, with Islamist ideology inside the state machinery, shows what the ruling Islamist elite thinks of us, surplus labour. The English of this article is a little hard to understand but we reproduce it as it contains important points. If you can help improve the English please let us know in the comments below.

"If Gezi never happened, the anger at mass murder at Soma could not have burst forth from the people"

In keeping with tradition, the following is an interview with Turkish IWW member Yusuf Cemal about the Soma mining disaster.