mining

Not with a bang but a whimper: The end of the mining boom and the next budget

With the Federal Government's Plans pretty much stall what can we expect from the upcoming budget?

Workers Playtime on the miners' strike

WP covers

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.

Dewi Bowln: Merthyr Rising

A collection of images by Dewi Bowlen about the Merthyr rising.

1831: the Merthyr Rising and Dic Penderyn

An account of an brief uprising in South Wales in 1831 and the fate of Richard Lewis, known as Dic Penderyn. The uprising was the largest outbreak of working class resistance in Britain during industrialisation and was the first time the Red Flag was used as a symbol of rebellion.

The man that was hung

A 1917 article from the International Socialist Review about the murder of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizer, Frank Little. We do not approve of the offensive reference to Native Americans but reproduce this text in its entirety for historical accuracy.

Polmaise: the fight for a pit - John McCormack and Simon Pirani

Polmaise miners

This short book/pamphlet was originally published in 1989. It was written by John McCormack, a miner (and NUM delegate) from the Polmaise pit in Scotland, with the the help of Simon Pirani.

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 Christmas Eve Calumet massacre, 1913

Just some of the child victims of that day

A short history of the biggest mass murder in Michigan history: the massacre of 73 people, mostly the children of striking miners at a Christmas party on Christmas Eve in 1913.

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.

Social protest and repression in Donbass

Protest in Antratsit, Luhansk

News about social protests is coming out of Donbass, the region controlled by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.