What Is A Miner Worth?

From the 1985 collection of writing by the children of striking miners, More Valuable Than Gold put out by Women Against Pit Closures.

What is a miner worth?

We’re fighting a losing battle
We’re alone yet not afraid
We starve and we go thirsty
As a compromise is made
No one really remembers the likes of you and me
No one cares
We’re the ones they do not see
Scraping for a living
Giving to the Tax Man first
Holes in our trouser pockets
But what is a Miner worth
To me he’s more precious than mining
More valuable than gold
Working tiring hours
Shovelling tons of coal
So everyone please listen
It’s not a lecture, just a prayer
Bosses with all their money
And us, not a penny to spare.

Ellie Bence, Kent

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