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09/01/1972 UK coal miners start 7-week strike

The strike involved a dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Conservative Edward Heath government over pay. The strike ended when the miners accepted an improved pay offer in a ballot. It was the 1st time since 1926 that British miners had been on official strike.


  • Essentials 

  • UK miners' strike (1972) 

  • Background 

  • Strike 

  • Planned strikebreaking force 

  • Creation of COBRA