Reading Wearside Echoes by Chris Cordner took me back to the miners’ strike of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher tried to demoralize the miners.
The miners went through hell fighting the cutbacks and closures the government were intent on.
Families went without as miners fought for their right to work.
Though the majority of miners were out on strike and picketed their place of work, a minority were not up for the fight and crossed the picket lines causing bitterness in the community.
Those crossing the picket line, known as blacklegs and scabs, were not prepared to back their workmates and union, but just relied on the striking miners to do the fighting for their jobs.
These striker not only fought for their jobs but also for their communities.
I remember Alan Cummings, the former NUM lodge secretary for Easington, explaining “People have long memories” and rightly so.
Let no one forget those blacklegs/scabs, who were not prepared to fight for their jobs.