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The Miners Are On Strike

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

The miners are on strike
The miners are on strike because Mrs Thatcher said they can’t do no work under the ground, and the miners got angry. When the miners got angry they wanted some clothes because they were freezing. They needed some food because they were hungry. How can we win? We can win but they need some money. The police hit the miners. I wasn’t surprised. They hit Brian, They arrested the miners. I wasn’t surprised. The police sent Zeynep and Fatih back to Turkey. So I know they arrest people. I think they are never fair. I don’t know why. Some of the miners were in hospital for a very long time and some went to prison. They didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t know why they are in prison – it makes me feel awful. I saw it on television. My mum was sad. My dad was very surprised that the miners were in jail. He said this is a terrible thing to happen just because the miners got cross with Mrs Thatcher.
Dale Bryden, 7, Hackney, London

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

We Are The Miners

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

We are the miners

We are the miners who go down the pit
With our little lamp shining and lit.
We are the miners who work all day
And we get very little pay.
We go up and down in the cage,
There are some miners of very young age.
We go home at night to our wives and families,
With the candle light burning in the corner.
Our face is black with dust
But we must, we must, we must
Go to work for our wives and families
And keep them safe in future years to come.

Morag McGeachey, 10, Scotland