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Evening Sentinel Jan. 2nd 1987 Page 12. Extra.
Bob Anderson, branch secretary at Hem Heath called for action not words from British coal over reinstatement of miners sacked during the 1984/85-strike

Evening Sentinel Jan 5th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Angry families on a Stoke-on-Trent housing estate plan to stage a public meeting next week, over the sale of their British Coal, owned homes to private landlords.

Evening Sentinel Jan 5th 1987 Page 9. C.F.
British Coal open cast plans for the future; pose a serious threat to Staffordshire, a County Council official warned today.

Evening Sentinel Jan 6th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
The Coal Board are planning to change over to continental shifts which will put thousands of more jobs at risk, claims Jim Dowling, the craftsmen union leader.

Evening Sentinel Jan 8th 1987 Page 24. C.F.
Twelve square miles of Staffordshire countryside was under threat from open cast coal mining, the County council were warned today. Bill Hughes told the planning committee that there was not a field in North Staffs safe from British Coal.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 16th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
Jim Dowling, Craftsmenís leader in North Staffs is one of the candidates bidding to take over from Mick McGahey who retires in the summer.

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1987 Page 1. 1987 F.
Scargill was meeting pit craftsmen today over the plan to merger union areas. Some craftsmen are concerned this will rob them of their identity. There will be a series of talks and the decision on the future would be made through a ballot of the members.

Evening Sentinel Jan 21st 1987 Page 9. Extra.
D. Richards, president of the Power Group said there would be no breakaway movement in their fight against the merger plans. They will stay with the NUM.

Evening Sentinel Jan 24th 1987 Page 24. Page 3. Extra.
Energy conscious youngsters took a first hand look at the history of mining yesterday, when they visited the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. Page 16. Families living near to Silverdale colliery are having sleepless nights because of the excessive noise from the pit.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum completed the final link in their survival plan with a £30.000 cash boost from a low cost loan from British Coal Enterprise.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 7th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
Stoke-on-Trent MP. Jack Ashley, Today launched a new campaign to force British Coal to compensate fully, families whose homes have been hit by mining subsidence.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 9th 1987 Page 9. F.
Minersí at Silverdale have notched up an impressive hat trick of production records. Total weekly output 32.315 tonnes, nearly 5.000 tonnes more than the previous best in December.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 12th 1987 Page 13. Extra.
Mr. Don Hodgkinson manager of Silverdale colliery shakes the hand of Mr. John Reid, manager of Ironbridge power station after unveiling a sign, declaring the twinning of the colliery with the power station.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 13th 1987 Page 13. Extra.
An angry Kidsgrove councillor, last night claimed that residents in Acres Nook area would barricade roads if a nearby coalmine increased production.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 19th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
The call by British Coal, for increased production must be matched by a rise in wages. The men will be insisting on a decent pay deal, said Mr. Jim Dowling, Power Group leader.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 20th 1987 Page 3. Extra.
Blackie, the pit pony takes a bite of a meat and potato pie at the sponsorship ceremony at Chatterley Whitfield Colliery Museum. There is also to be a steam engine rally later this year.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 25th 1987 Page 11. Extra.
Joe Wills, North Staffs pitmenís leader claimed today, a controversial report on the future of mining was the first step towards total privatisation of the coal industry. This was a select committee on energy recommendations.

Evening Sentinel Feb 26th 1987 Page 12. F.
Workers at Above Park colliery, Dilhorne, battled to stop a £20.000 blaze, which threatened to cause flooding in their pit.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Record breaking pitmen at Silverdale got a pat on the back by British Coal yesterday to commemorate their part breaking the 4 tonne per man productivity level throughout the entire Western area.

Evening Sentinel March 12.1987 Page 4. Extra.
Miners who have helped Hem Heath colliery to boost area productivity to 4 tonnes per man-shift were presented with special T-shirts to mark the achievement.

Evening Sentinel March 16th 1987 Page 20. Extra.
The break away union in North Staffs, the UDM have joined members from the rest of the country in giving a massive thumbs down to a pay offer from British Coal. 90% rejected the offer.

Evening Sentinel March 18th 1987 Page 16. C.F.
Voting today for NUM elections, local and national. North Staffs candidates were, J. Dowling, G. Cairns, B. Anderson, T. Connon and J. Lockett.

Evening Sentinel March 19th 1987 Page 3. Extra.
Photo of miners at Silverdale celebrating after hitting 1m tonnes in a year mark.

Evening Sentinel March 19th Page 24. F.
Miners in Staffordshire will vote on a one day strike next Thursday, in a fight to win sacked miners their jobs back. Nine North Staffs pit men were sacked and there has been a 2 year campaign to reinstate them.

Evening Sentinel March 15th 1987 Page 25.
Photo of nine-year-old K. Sveilutis, a pupil at Park Middle School, Biddulph, winner of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum painting competition seen with her prize, a miniature minerís lamp.

Evening Sentinel March 27th 1987 Page 11. F.
Pitmen at Florence colliery have joined the exclusive millionaires club for the second time in the pitís 110-year history. The millionth tonne came to the surface yesterday.

Evening Sentinel March 31st 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Miners in Staffordshire have voted the go ahead of a one-day strike, in the campaign to win sacked miners their jobs back.

Evening Sentinel April 1st 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Jim Dowling, pit craftsmen leader urged men not to cross picket lines during the Midlands miners strike in support of sacked miners.

Evening Sentinel April 1st 1987 Page 1. C.F.
The government gave the go ahead for North Staffs biggest ever, open cast-mining scheme, ending a bitter 3-year battle by protesters.

Evening Sentinel April 2nd 1987 Page 1. F.
Sacked miners in North Staffs are believed to have been snubbed by British Coalís amnesty for 135 men who lost their jobs during the one-year strike.

Evening Sentinel April 9th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
The break away union, the UDM turned down a plea not to cross picket lines and will work as usual.

Evening Sentinel April 10th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
A recruitment campaign was started today by British Coal, who are taking on 90 school leavers in Staffordshire over the next 12 months.

Evening Sentinel April 18th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
North Staffs members of the UDM are being urged to accept the British Coal pay offer. If the NUM negotiates a better it will also be applicable to the UDM.

Evening Sentinel April 21st 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Striking miners halted coal production at Staffordshire pits today. Some UDM members went to work. At Hem Heath, it was claimed UDM members had turned away and some had stayed at home. Leaders of the NUM said there was 100% support from members. Page 2. New pony arrivals, Dixie and Glen were welcomed by long serving pit ponies, Darkie and Blackie.

Evening Sentinel April 24th 1987 Page 14. C.F.
Two North Staffs NUM officials, who were leading figures during the one-year strike, have been elected to top positions in the NUM. John Connan, takes over as Midlands president, and Joe Wills has been elected to the National Executive Committee from July.

Evening Sentinel May 1st 1987 Page 16. Extra.
Several dozen steam vehicles and engines will gather at Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum for the annual steam fair this weekend.

Evening Sentinel May 1st 1987 Page 1. C.F.
The coal Board are planning to axe up to 200 jobs in Staffordshire, Jim Colgan claimed today. Most pits in the county would be hit. This comes just weeks after the Board said they would take on 90 school leavers.

Evening Sentinel May 7th 1987 Page 5. Extra.
A former North Staffs pitman, Alex Brown is to become only the second ever lay-person to be commissioned as a Methodist industrial Chaplin. He took early retirement as safety officer at Wolstanton colliery last year. Now he is all set to be sole mining as pit Chaplin at Hem Heath.

Evening Sentinel May 11th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
The UDM accepted the improved pay offer; it will be backdated to last November.

Evening Sentinel May 13th 1987 Page 16. Extra.
The pay deal agreed by the UDM was to day slammed by Jim Dowling, secretary of the Power Group. The UDM have accepted this agreement, but it takes bargaining rights away from miners. Unfortunately we are in a position where British Coal may impose the UDM rise on our members and then we are stuck with this disgraceful package for two years.

Evening Sentinel May 20th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
John Connon, Midlandís area NUM president, is calling on the Midlandís NUM council to ask the NUM National Executive to organise an industrial action ballot on the Coal boardís plan to impose the UDM pay agreement on the NUM.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1987 Page 17. Extra.
An inquiry heard of a father of 4, died after being dragged underneath a run-away coal tub last October. He was John Walker age 42. He died from head injuries at Great Row colliery, near Chesterton.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1987 Page 30 C.F.
British Coal has submitted revised plans for a massive open cast scheme close to former Victoria colliery, Biddulph.

Evening Sentinel May 27th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
British Coal has earmarked two sites in North Staffs for dumping up to 20.000 of coal a week. The locations are at former Wolstanton colliery and Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel June 5th 1987 Page 30. C.F.
Urgent talks were being held today after a walkout by miners at Hem Heath colliery in a row over manning levels.

Evening Sentinel June 6th 1987 Page 8. Extra.
Lord Mayor, Gordon Tuck, ex-miner visited Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum with members of the Trustees.

Evening Sentinel June 6th 1987 Page 14. F.
British Coal today urged miners at Hem Heath colliery to negotiate in-order to avoid a repeat of the lightning walk out at the pit earlier this week. The strike showed a lack of concern felt by a few individuals for the well being of their pit and the industry in general.

Evening Sentinel June 9th 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Miners in Staffordshire are keeping up the pressure in the fight against the imposed wage offer in the industry. They will attack the wage and conditions package at next weekís National Executive meeting.

Evening Sentinel June 10th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
John Connon, president of the Midlandís area NUM hit back at a campaign by British Coal at shift patterns in the industry. This was 6-day coal production.

Evening Sentinel June 13th 1987 Page 9. F.
The UDM want to know why a North Staffs pitman received redundancy pay on Friday and was back doing the same job for a private contractor on the Monday. Mr Fred Jones, secretary of the breakaway union, UDM said; ďIts obvious to us that the aim is to turn over more jobs on the surface to out-side contractors.Ē

Evening Sentinel June 18th 1987 Page 1. C.F.
Two coal wagons were derailed and caused thousands of pounds of damaged after vandals tampered with the track at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel June 19th 1987 Page 28. Extra.
Open cast mining by British Coal, at the former Victoria colliery site was given the go ahead by Staffordshire Moorlands County Council yesterday.

Evening Sentinel June 20th 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Quick to make friends with Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum pit ponies, is miner and Lord mayor, Gordon Tuck. He was with council officials, in the shadow of the cable car system at the National Garden Festival site.

Evening Sentinel June 23rd 1987 Page 9. Extra.
Mr. Bob Copeland, an official of the breakaway union, the UDM, warned of industrial action in the fight against any privatisation of the coal industry.

Evening Sentinel June 26th 1987 Page 26. Extra.
North Staffs pitmenís leader of the Power Group protested over the Central Electricity Generation Board ordering 300.000 tonnes of Columbian coal.

Evening Sentinel June 27th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Florence colliery miners have smashed the 5 tonne per man barrier for the first time in the pitís history. They produced 28.000 tonnes in a week, 1.500 tonnes more than the previous best 2 years ago.

Evening Sentinel July 2nd 1987 Page 1. C.F.
A multi million pound investment for Staffordshire pits could be scrapped and jobs lost if miners did not agree to a flexible work pattern, British Coal chairman, Sir R. Haslam said today.

Evening Sentinel July 7th 1987 Page 14. Extra.
John Connon of Hem Heath colliery and Midlandís area NUM chairman called on delegates at the NUM conference, to oppose British Coalís controversial plans for flexible working. A. Scargill claimed that six-day working would axe 31 pits and over 30.000 jobs.

Evening Sentinel July 9th 1987 Page 20. Extra.
John Connon, Hem Heath, opened the debate on six-day working at the NUM conference. After the debate delegates voted 49 to 22 against the new work patterns and called for an individual ballot of members.

Evening Sentinel July 10th 1987 Page 11. Extra.
Minerís leaders in Staffordshire are pressing for top level talks with British coal in a bid to get sacked miners their jobs back.

Evening Sentinel July 13th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Pits in Staffordshire were today at the centre of a new hit list storm, which it is feared will wipe out thousands of more jobs in the industry. The list includes Hem Heath colliery. British Coal said there was no hit list and those mentioned, were long life pits.

Evening Sentinel July 23rd 1987 Page 4. Extra.
A public inquiry is to be held next month into plans to create a huge open cast mine at the former Victoria colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 24th 1987 Page 13. Extra.
British Coal is facing its greatest crisis since the yearlong strike. This is an article on the six-day shift patterns. Same page. Power Group union chiefs plan to serve British Coal an injection, because disciplinary action was taken against one of their members.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 8th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Miners at Florence colliery have set a new overall productivity record of 5.07 tonnes per man. This is the second time in the pitís history output has topped the 5 tonne mark. Page 9. A memorial to the miners killed at the Minnie pit is so choked up with weeds, people cannot get near it. It was agreed to organise a clean up.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 10th 1987 Page 3. Extra.
Top miners leaders have urged Staffordshireís 7.000 pitmen to vote in favour of industrial action against British coalís controversial disciplinary code. A meeting at Hem Heath were told the code had been imposed on them.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 13th 1987 Page 24. Extra.
Pitmen though out the Midlands, including North Staffs are voting to take industrial action against the disciplinary code. Some disciplinary action has taken place out side the workplace.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 14th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Controversial plans for a massive shopping development on the site of the former Wolstanton colliery are poised to get the go ahead. Page 14. Close on the news of a clean up of the Minnie pit memorial, there is to be a special commemoration of the disaster next month by the WEA.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 19th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
Furious union chiefs today reacted angrily to claims that Staffordshire pits would be in jeopardy if the government rejected plans for a huge open cast mine. Page 3. A shire horse takes Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum visitors along a route where iron horses used to run. They are to organise trips on the old railway-track, which runs to Ford Green.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 21st 1987 Page 15. Extra.
An eyesore could provide energy for the next two decades. The Victoria colliery spoil tip holds an estimate 500.000 tonnes of coal.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 25th 1987 Page 3. F.
Midlandís union leader, Jim Colgan calls for an immediate withdrawal of British Coalís disciplinary code of conduct after NUM members returned a massive 77.5% vote in favour of industrial action. Mr. Colgan said there is a need for a disciplinary code in the pits, but what we need is a proper system.

Evening Sentinel Aug 27th 1987 Page 1. Extra.
British Coalís disciplinary code is being looked at by ACAS, but Jim Colgan said there would be no settlement today. If British Coal had any sense, they will agree to two things, first they should concede, a man should be allowed to choose who would represent him, and there should be an independent umpire in the final hearing.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 8th 1987 Page 7. Extra.
Coal chiefs are planning to use open cast site to tip Holditch collieryís waste into.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 11th 1987 Page 3. C.F.
Joe Wills, North Staffs minerís leader claimed thousands of jobs would be threatened if Britainís power stations were subsidised with foreign coal.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 15th 1987 Page 1 C.F.
Jim Colgan, Midlandís General Secretary, is ready to call an emergency meeting over the Coal Boardís disciplinary code. The Coal Board chairman warned that he could not rule out eventual compulsory redundancies if industrial action went ahead.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 21st 1987 Page 1 C.F.
The minerís overtime ban started at midnight. It was the first national industrial action in the pits since the yearlong strike. The rebel union UDM claimed that the action has led to hundreds of pitmen in Staffordshire asking for forms to join the beak-away organisation. The NUM claimed there has only been a trickle. The Coal board said if effective, it would be disastrous for the future of the industry.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 23rd 1987 Page 1 Extra.
During the first two days of the overtime ban in Staffordshire 10.000 tonnes of production has been lost. Joe Wills, North Staffs union leader said the overtime ban appears to be hitting hard. British Coal said production loss would harm the industry and put jobs at risk.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 26th 1987 Page 1 Extra
Alf Wright, lamp-house man at Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, has retired. He was presented with a cigarette lighter and stainless steel cutlery set by Mr. Hawksworth, museum director.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 5th 1987 Page 3 C.
North Staffs union boss, Jim Dowlin is calling for a new ballot to break the deadlock in the overtime ban. He wants the men to decide whether to increase the industrial action, or to call it off.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 6th 1987 Page 3. C.
A £5.000 boost in minersí redundancy payouts is the start of a new round of massive job cuts. Mr. Jim Dowlin said up to 30.000 jobs could be wiped out in a push to slim down the industry for privatisation. Mr Dowlin said the Board have said that the pits in Staffordshire were not under threat, but who can believe them?

Evening Sentinel Oct. 13th 1987 Page 1. C.
The Princess Royal turned miner today to hack away at the coal face, when she visited the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum then shovelled the coal into a pit tub. (photo)

Evening Sentinel Oct. 26th 1987 Page 6. C.
Extract from the life of Fred Leigh, local historian, on his experience in the mining industry. More on Oct. 27th Page 6.

Evening Sentinel Oct 30th 1987 Page 3. C.
Joe Wills, North Staffs union leader, accused British coal of dirty tricks over their decision to with hold a pay rise to NUM members, because of the continuing overtime ban, but they are paying NACODS and the break away union UDM. Joe said British coal is acting as a recruiting agent for the UDM.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 2nd 1987 Page 1 C
Former face worker at Hem Heath, Garry Dillet age 35 was dismissed several months after an incident at the pit at the beginning of the year long strike in April 1984. Later he won an appeal for the case to be reheard. Today British coal was fighting that decision.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 3rd 1987 Page 1 C
An appeal court in London ruled the case of sacked miner; Garry Dillet Hem Heath was fair and refused the miner leave to appeal to the House of Lords. Now the last chance option to this pitman is to appeal to the European court.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 6th 1987 Page 17 C
Twins, Donald and Gerald Maxfield received their Institute of Mining and Electrical Engineers awards and are now employed at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 11th 1987 Page 3 C
Jim Dowling, General Secretary of the Power Group will tomorrow urge at the NEC to suspend the 6-week overtime ban and seek new talks with British Coal.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 12th 1987 Page 14 C.
Coal dug at Chatterley Whitfield by the Princess Royal will be up for grabs at a forth-coming charity auction.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 12th 1987 Page 3 Newcastle.
Stoke-on-Trent based Western area, are losing £1m a week through lost production. Coal Board chiefs say itís the worst hit area in Britain by the miners partial overtime ban.

Evening Sentinel Dec 11th 1987 Page 15 C.
Gordon Tuck Florence miner went underground on a surprise visit in the capacity of Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 14th 1987 Page 3. C.
Florence colliery pitmen are to pull a Dray, normally drawn by a horse, the complete length of the Potteries. It is to raise cash for underprivileged children. They will set off from the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 15th 1987 Page 3. C.
Midlandís minersí delegates voted 59 to 6 in favour of Arthur Scargill to be reselected as president of the NUM. Jim Colgan revealed that only one of the branches throughout of the region voted for Jim Walsh, the only official standing against Scargill.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1987 Page 3. C.
British Coal announced highest ever productivity records for North Staffs. But Joe Wills NUM said this announcement is just another attempt by the Coal board to demoralise people. They are telling the men, you are breaking records, but we are not going to pay you because of your overtime ban.

Evening Sentinel Dec 30th 1987 Page 1. C.
School children, Stephen and David Marshall aim to bring in the new year with a bang. They have been selected to blow up derelict colliery buildings at Wolstanton pit.

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