Steelworkers strike call

Margaret Thatcher
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The 1980 national steelworker strike was at the time the biggest industrial dispute in post-war British history.

It was the first major national dispute involving Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government and the trade union movement in this country and one that marked a turning point in the history of the British steel industry.

The strike lasted three months and involved 100,000 steelworkers throughout Britain, with over 20,000 from South Yorkshire alone taking part.

I am running an oral history project that is collecting testimonies from workers who were involved in that strike.

The aim of this project is to record and catalogue first-hand experiences of those men and women who witnessed and were part of one of the most important, yet overlooked, events in British labour movement history.

If you were involved in this strike and are interested in contributing to this project, or want to find out more about it, please contact:

Dr Charlie McGuire

Lecturer in History, Teeside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA. Tel. 01522 529327. mob. 07826255555. email: