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Received wisdom thinks of the 1972 and 1974 miners' strike as surprises, or as politically motivated conflict with the Conservative Government. This programme gets behind those journalistic cliche...s and traces the re-birth of the National Union of Mineworkers present power and unity back to their real source, the National Power Loading Agreement.
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Module code and title: P881, Industrial relations
Item code: P881; 03
First transmission date: 04-07-1976
Published: 1976
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Duration: 00:23:28
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Producer: Kenneth Patton
Contributors: Lawrence Daly; Derek Ezra; Joe Gormley; Arthur Scargill; Len Clarke
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Loading agreement; Miner's strikes; N.U.M.; National Power
Footage description: Clips of bands at the Durham Miners' Gala and of Michael Foot addressing the meeting. Miners describe some early experiences. Daly, Gormley, Scargill and Ezra outline the position of the coal industry in the 1950s and 1960s and why the NUM acted as it did. More comments from miners. The National Power Loading Agreement is described - the effects it had on wages and on different mining areas, and how it increased solidarity within the union. Further comments on the NPLA are made, including some from rank and file miners. The changing attitudes to wages are outlined, pointing out why the NPLA was less acceptable. Comments from rniners on their union leaders and on some form of productivity deal. Gormley and Daly outline some such deal. More comments on incentive schemes and how the should be applied to all mine workers. Some general statements on wages and wage bargaining are made. Credits over song.
Master spool number: 6HT/71638
Production number: 00525_2252
Videofinder number: 1276
Available to public: no