ABSTRACT

This chapter looks at some common themes, fleshed out by a more detailed description of the experiences of four men from a single pit; three of them strikers, one a manager who had to run the gauntlet of the pickets every day to keep the pit in shape. There were few problems about arranging to alter mortgage payments to interest-only payments, while some local authorities waived rent payments for strikers. By mining families were discovering the impact of the new government legislation which ‘deemed’ that the households of strikers were receiving £15 a week from the union. The changing role of women in the mining communities in the strike has been widely publicised. They lived in a very male-dominated society. Businesses in mining areas were badly hit, though the Federation of Small Businesses in North Notts and South Yorks complained that things became even worse throughout the rest of 1985 once the strike was over.