coal

Drumheller coal mining strike of 1919

Drumheller strikers, 1919

A short history of a strike by coal miners organised in the syndicalist One Big Union in Alberta which was repressed by bosses and the state.

Birmingham district coal strike of 1908

Birmingham coalminers

A short history of the multiracial coal miners' strikes in Birmingham, Alabama, in the early 20th century which were violently repressed by mine owners and the state.

‘Women Against Pit Closures’ during the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike.

Women Against Pt Closures member attacked by police at Orgreave

During the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike, women’s groups emerged in various forms and for various purposes. Calling themselves ‘Women Against Pit Closures’, these groups across the country organised not only strike-oriented activities, support and community needs provision, but also came to act autonomously on gendered interests. In what follows I outline a brief history of the miners’ strike, the origins of womens’ activities within this strictly gendered strike and the ways in which womens’ roles were transformed through struggle, not only with the Thatcher government and the NCB, but also with men and the NUM.

‘Women Against Pit Closures’ 1984-5

Women Against Pit Closures, Barnsley Rally

A short history of the Women Against Pit Closures Movement during the 1984-85 Miners Strike

The Stockade Stood Burning: rebellion and the convict lease in Tennessee’s coalfields, 1891-1895

Something happened in Tennessee, something almost unimaginable to the mine owners and politicians of that
state. When the companies tried to intimidate their workers by bringing in convict labor to take over their jobs, the workers responded by storming the stockades, freeing the prisoners, and loading them onto freight trains bound for Nashville and Knoxville and places far away...The Tennessee convict war was one of the largest insurrections in American working-class history. And yet, unfolding at exactly the same time as the more publicized labor wars in Homestead, Pennsylvania, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, it was largely ignored.

2016: the hottest year on record

People walk through a heat mirage

A new report by a US government agency has found that temperatures in 2016 were the highest in 137 years of direct measurements, breaking the record for the third consecutive year.

The UK coalminers’ dispute, 1973-4

Miners picket a colliery in Doncaster, 1974

A short account of the national coal miners’ dispute in the winter of 1973-4 which led to the three-day week, the collapse of the Conservative government and a 35% pay increase for the miners.

The Westmoreland County coal miners' strike, 1910-11

Paper called Worker solidarity, judicial oppression and police repression in the Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania coal miners' strike, 1910-11, by Judith McDonough, telling the story of a successful strike by 15,000 mostly Slovak migrant miners.

The Republic of Labin, 1921

Hammer and sickle from the Republic of Labin

A short history of a short-lived uprising of coal miners in Croatia following an attack by Italian fascists, by Steven Johns.

The 1972 miners' strike: popular agency and industrial politics in Britain

Pickets during the 1972 miners' strike

A detailed and informative account of the successful nationwide strike of UK miners in 1972, written as an academic paper by Jim Phillips.