Letter: Miners under threat

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Sir: It comes as no surprise that more than 10 per cent of miners have opted for voluntary redundancy (report, 26 November). As an ex-pitman, I marched with the miners last Tuesday in Manchester, and was informed by a number of miners under threat that the 'Recovery Men' were already stripping equipment from the pits under review.

Arthur Scargill was quoted in the aforementioned article: 'It does not surprise me, given the level of harassment and blackmail that has been going on.' What choice have these men got when you remove the tools of their trade?

Yours sincerely,


Astley Bridge,


26 November