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Evening Sentinel Jan. 5th 1989 Page 9. Co.
The 400 members of NACODS mining union go to the polls next week on whether to accept the 5.8% pay increase from the coal chiefs.

Evening Sentinel Jan 5th 1989 Page 1. C.
Thieves have stolen Shire horse and pit pony harness gear worth £2.000 from Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 7th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Phillip Elliott age 34 died in the early hours of this morning after an accident with a dumper truck on an underground roadway at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 13th 1989 Page 19. Co.
Angry families opposing British Coal’s plans for a 340-acre opencast mine near their homes are to have a public meeting. They said they are going to fight British Coal all the way and we are going to beat them as well.

Evening Sentinel Jan.14th 1989 Page 24 Co.
Blackie, the pit pony had a staring role when the film cameras came to the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum. They were to make a video recording as part of the museum’s entry for the 1989 Scania Transport Trust awards.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 16th 1989 Page 3 Moorlands.
An overtime ban by the pit craftsmen at Hem Heath colliery delayed the start of production at the pit today, because safety checks had not been completed.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 16th 1989 Page 20. Newcastle.
A former North Staffs colliery manager, George Alexander age 84 has died. He started work with the Stafford Iron and Coal Co. in 1920.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 17th 1989 Page 16. C.
A special meeting of the Power group NUM at Hem Heath decided to put a new offer to a vote on Thursday. The committee advised the men to accept the offer.

Evening Sentinel Jan 18th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Union leaders are demanding a full statement on the future of Holditch colliery that may close as part of a new round of British Coal’s cost cutting. Page 6. Former North Staff’s miners who accepted a redundancy package, claim they are being hounded by the government in a clamp down on benefit rules. Page 8. Former coal board official, Mr. Gordon Gillatt has died only 6 months after retiring.

Evening Sentinel Jan 18th 1989 Page 1. Newcastle.
Jim Colgan, North Staff’s union secretary predicted that a recent call for redundancies at Holditch will lead to the colliery’s closure by August. He said moral was very low.

Evening Sentinel Jan 19th 1989 Page 1 Co.
A coal chief revealed today that hundreds of miners at Holditch were interested in golden handshakes to leave the colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan. 20th 1989 Page 16. Co.
Pit craftsmen at Hem Heath colliery voted 127 to 32 to back their leader’s advice and accept the new bonus offer from British Coal and end their overtime ban.

Evening Sentinel Jan 20th 1989 Page 41 Co.
Former engineer, Mr. Ken Salt has been appointed the new director of the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum at the age of 73.

Evening Sentinel Jan 21st 1989 Page 8 Co.
A huge increase in production at 2 privately owned North Staffs mines would create 38 jobs at Drayton Cross, Cheadle and Acres Nook, Kidsgrove at present they employ 50 men. Page 13. Instead of raising £1.000, they were hoping to make, on their marathon run for children in need, the miners of Hem Heath ended up with £5.000.

Evening Sentinel Jan 23rd 1989 Page 1. C.
British Coal today announced plans to shed 650 miners jobs in North Staffs. The Coal board want to lose a total of 1.500 jobs through voluntary redundancies from the 8.000 in their Western area.

Evening Sentinel Jan 24th 1989 Page 1. Co.
British Coal’s decision to axe more than 600 jobs in North Staffs has heightened fears for the future of Holditch colliery. NUM agent Joe Wills claimed the bulk of redundancies could take place at Holditch.

Evening Sentinel Jan 25th 1989 Page 1 Co.
A pit electrician, A. Bereton age 47 has died in an accident at Florence colliery today. He is believed to have been crushed by either a vehicle or machinery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 26th 1989 Page 14. Co.
British Coal today defended its safety record after the forth fatal accident in nine months in North Staffs. A Brereton age 47 father of two died yesterday when he was crushed between wagons in an underground roadway at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel Jan 28th 1989 Page 13 Co.
UDM official, Dick emery, commenting on British Coal’s decision to axe more than 600 jobs in North Staffs claimed the government would force British Coal to make a profit at any cost. He warned they may talk about voluntary redundancies this time, but can see a round of compulsory redundancies before the end of the year.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1989 Page 10 Co.
Joe Wills NUM, said we have lost and continue to lose surface jobs to privatisation by stealth. We are seeing mines inundated with outside contractors, the closing of area workshops; we have lost the whole of our transport fleet, again to private contractors. We are witnessing many horrific accidents to miners, 3 of which have been fatal in the last 9 months, the countryside being ripped apart for profit. It is time now for all miners to unite under the NUM, forget the passed differences and stand together before we have nothing left to fight for.

Evening Sentinel Jan 30th 1989 Page 17. Co.
Article on a tribute to the victims of a pit disaster at Diglake colliery. There is to be a permanent memorial as a reminder.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 1st 1989 Page 3. Co.
Protesters pledge to fight to stop a 640 acre opencast mine proposal at Berryhill. More than a 1.000 residences have pledge to defeat the plan. (Full article)

Evening Sentinel Feb. 2nd 1989 Page 8 Co.
Management and unions are due to take part in a meeting next week over the future of loss making Holditch colliery.

Evening Sentinel Feb 4th 1989 Page1 Co.
Speaking on the eve of a key meeting over the future of Holditch colliery, Joe Wills NUM agent said the policy of British Coal means that the young men coming into the industry, don’t know how secure they are, what the future holds and cannot commit themselves.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 6th 1989 Page 3. Newcastle.
A wall of silence today surrounded the future of Holditch colliery, following informal talks between British Coal and the NUM. Management refused to make any comment when the meeting broke up. NUM branch secretary, John Sherratt said, British Coal have not told us anything we don’t know already.

Evening Sentinel Feb. 18th1989 Page 3. Co.
Miners at Hem Heath and Florence had a dead heat in the race to produce a million tonnes of coal.

Evening Sentinel Feb 21st 1989 Page 16. C.
British Coal land at Hem Heath colliery is being investigated as a site for a new generation power station.

Evening Sentinel Feb 23rd 1989 Page 1. Co.
A giant opencast mine at Berryhill could spread over a further 70 acres under a secret expansion plan by British Coal, it was revealed today. Page 16. A new deal accepted by the UDM, is expected to be imposed on thousands of pitmen in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel March 2nd 1989 Page 1. Newcastle
Peter Smith age 25 has been crushed to death in the fifth fatal accident within a 11 months in North Staffs. Peter had only being working for 4 weeks after searching for work for 12 months. It was the third fatal accident at Hem Heath since last April.

Evening Sentinel March 3rd 1989 Page 3. Co.
Miners in North Staffs are among the safest in the country despite 5 fatal accidents in 11 months, new figures revealed today.

Evening Sentinel March 4th 1989 Page 3. Co.
The father of Peter Smith, the miner who was killed in a horrifying pit accident at Hem Heath, collapsed and had to be taken to hospital when he was told of his son’s death.

Evening Sentinel March 5th 1989 Page 1. Cheshire.
British Coal are set to axe 300 staff jobs with the decision to switch their North West head quarters from Berryhill to Cheshire. Joe Wills president of North Staffs NUM it is the start of the process of preparing British Coal for privatisation.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1989 Page 3. Co.
Coal unions and management were locked in talks over the future of loss making Holditch colliery. The pit has lost £2m in the last 9 months.

Evening Sentinel March 13th 1989 Page 1. Newcastle.
Holditch colliery is to close later this year. Mr. F. Middleton, British Coal’s North West general manager said that the colliery has no viable future.

Evening Sentinel March 14th 1989 Page 1. Cheshire.
Miners’ at Holditch colliery could lose their rights to a special redundancy payment if they decide to fight the closure plans. Men who leave the industry before August 26th this year will qualify for an additional £7.500 lump sum.

Evening Sentinel March 14th 1989 Page 14. Moorlands.
British Coal said the closure of Holditch colliery is essential to the future of the mining industry in North Staffs. The three remaining deep mines, Florence, Hem Heath and Silverdale collieries now have a secure long-term future.

Evening Sentinel March 18th 1989 Page 3. Co.
Miners’ at Holditch colliery have decided not to fight the pit closure. They would have lost up to £7.500 redundancy pay.

Evening Sentinel March 21st 1989 Page 5. Co.
Holdtich colliery is to close later this year following British Coal’s announcement that it has no viable future. Tim Bevington looks at the background to the decision, which comes just after 3 years since Wolstanton was axed.

Evening Sentinel March 21st 1989 Page 20. Co.
Miners’ at Silverdale have beaten a million tonne productivity target for the third year running. They expect to send output even higher as work on a £30m investment programme begins.

Evening Sentinel March 23rd 1989 Page 1 Cheshire.
Peter Vukovic age 30 was fighting for his life in intensive care today after suffering horrific injuries in a rock fall at Florence colliery. This follows 5 fatal pit accidents in the last year.

Evening Sentinel March 29th 1989 Page 23. Co.
Councillor Bill Hughes has called upon British Coal to remove a huge spoil mound created by waste from Holditch colliery following the recent announcement to close the pit.

Evening Sentinel March 31st 1989 Page 43. Cheshire.
Blackie, the pit pony from Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, led by Arthur Lovatt with William Cattell on board, arrives at Stoke Station as part of a special British Rail fun day.

Evening Sentinel April 5th 1989 Page 33. Co.
Families opposed to an open cast operation in Stoke-on-Trent signed a protest petition at the rate of 11 every minute it was revealed today.

Evening Sentinel April 8th 1989 Page 5. Moorlands.
Pit chiefs are to carry out in-depth safety studies following a spate of underground accidents in North Staffs. There have been 5 deaths and several accidents during the last year.

Evening Sentinel April 10th 1989 Page 16. Moorlands
Miners at Holditich colliery want to erect a memorial to the pitmen who died in an underground disaster 50 years ago. Holditch colliery is to due close at the end of this year.

Evening Sentinel April 19th 1989 Page 3. Moorlands.
Joe Wills, North Staffs miners’ leader predicted an all out strike if sweeping changes to safety underground are passed by parliament. He said they would rob pit deputies of the power to stop work if they felt men were at danger.

Evening Sentinel April 22nd 1989 Page 3. Newcastle
Nearly £1.5 m needs to be spent on the award winning Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum if the complex is to survive as a tourist operation, a report revealed today.

Evening Sentinel April 25th 1989 Page 2. C.
A final presentation is to be held for retiring miners from Holditch colliery, the North Staffs pit that is to close later this year. The event is at the Kings Hall Stoke.

Evening Sentinel April 26th 1989 Page 3. C.
A redundant miner, Colin Burns has used his golden handshake to buy out one of Stoke-on-Trent’s leading taxi firms.

Evening Sentinel April 27th 1989 Page 17. Cheshire.
Tourism Minister John Lee, said there is no immediate cash hand-out from the government to help Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum.

Evening Sentinel May 1st 1989 Page 7. Cheshire.
Stoke-on-Trent award winning Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum could soon be the subject of a BBC TV documentary.

Evening Sentinel May 4th 1989 Page 22. Co.
A bright future has been predicted for the ailing Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum following a detailed study by consultants.

Evening Sentinel May 6th 1989 Page 1. Newcastle
Joe Wills, Midlands area president fears the pressure on colliery workmen to produce more coal will mean safety corners will be cut as tough new production targets are introduced.

Evening Sentinel May 11th 1989 Page 4. Newcastle.
Evening Sentinel May 16th 1989 Page 15 Cheshire.
Evening Sentinel May 18th 1989 Page 52. Cheshire
Jim Dowling said, miners’ lives are being put at risk by the creeping privatisation of coal. He also warned privatisation would herald the loss of thousands of jobs nationally and hundreds in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel May 19th 1989 Page 43. Moorlands.
Miners’ union official who led thousands of North Staffs pitmen in the national pit strike, has retired. Jim Colgan age 60 was Midlands General Secretary of the NUM for 7 years and represented 14.000 men. He has been replaced by Joe Wills.

Evening Sentinel May 22nd 1989 Page 1. C.
Plans for a huge open cast mine in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent could be hit by the discovery of medieval and Roman remains.

Evening Sentinel May 31st 1989 Page 36. Cheshire.
Archaeologists face a race against time to uncover vital clues to Stoke-on-Trent’s past, buried on the same site threatened by an open cast mine at Bentilee.

Evening Sentinel June 8th 1989 Page 14. Cheshire
A team of 5 pitmen from Silverdale colliery are the best first aid team in British coal’s North West area. They came out on top following a series of tests over the past 12 months.

Evening Sentinel June 14th 1989 Page 6. Cheshire
Miners’ union leaders in North Staffs agree to press for an insurance scheme offering instant payouts to families of pitmen killed or seriously injured while at work.

Evening Sentinel June 15th 1989 Page 6. Cheshire.
Miners leaders today demanded improved safety standards to prevent one of the worst years on record for pit deaths in North Staffs.

Evening Sentinel June 17th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Bob Barnett retired miner from Hem Heath colliery was given the perfect retirement gift, The MBE in honour of the thousands of pounds he has raised for charity.

Evening Sentinel June 22nd 1989 Page 3. Moorlands
Villagers have erected a memorial in remembrance of miners who died in a pit disaster nearly 100 years ago. A head stone has been placed on the spot where 3 the unnamed victims of the Diglake colliery disaster are buried.

Evening Sentinel July 7th 1989 Page 1. C.
Holditich mine, due to be shut at the end of this year is being investigated as a site for industrial, retail, recreational or housing use.

Evening Sentinel July 14th 1989 Page 4. Cheshire.
Sentinel leader report on Berryhill open cast scheme.

Evening Sentinel July 18th 1989 Page 14. C.
Coal production at Holditch colliery is to finish at the end of this month. Around 400 of the 600 employees have opted for voluntary redundancy. The remaining men have been found jobs at the 3 remaining pits in the area.

Evening Sentinel July 21st 1989 Page 22. Co.
Looking like old pit boys of last century, pupils from Ball Green primary school are helping to clean up the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum in readiness for this weekend’s Victoria steam carnival.

Evening Sentinel July 24th 1989 Page 3. C.
British Coal today promised families living on the subsidence hit Newstead estate with repair bills.

Evening Sentinel July 29th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Union leaders today reassured miners at Hem Heath colliery their future was safe despite production problems facing the colliery.

Evening Sentinel July 29th 1989 Page 4.
Hundreds of hard working miners at Florence colliery have hit a new weekly output record. They are now mining 35.089 tonnes of coal a week. 3.000-tonnes more than their previous record.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 2nd 1989 Page 3. Co.
Miners were today drawing the last of the coal from loss making Holditch colliery, which is to close later this year after 70 years of production.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 3rd 1989 Page 26. Co.
Full page spread with pictures, as miners from the doomed Holditch colliery prepare for life on the surface.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 9th 1989 Page 3. Co.
A shock move by power bosses to dramatically cut the amount of coal used in Britain’s power stations could have devastating effects on Staffordshire mining industry claimed George Stevenson European Member of Parliament.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 15th 1989 Page 5 Cheshire.
Article in Signalman’s Diary on the 100th anniversary of the Mossfield colliery explosion. John Lumsdon is to give a talk at Adderley Green Working Men’s Club on the actual anniversary 10th October.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 15th 1989 Page 21. Cheshire.
Mr. And Mrs. Harry Dawson drank a toast to their diamond wedding. Harry was a retired miner from Knypersley.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 25th 1989 Page 21. Cheshire.
Jim Dowling, secretary of the NUM Power Group, said collieries in North Staffs could be put at risk by plans to import massive amounts of coal for electricity generation.

Evening Sentinel Aug. 28th 1989 Page 6. Cheshire.
British coal has reached its target for voluntary redundancy in North Staffs as the dead-line for enhanced payouts to miners passes.

Evening Sentinel Aug 29th 1989 Page 16. Moorlands.
Thousands of homes are being blighted by delays in submitting plans for open cast mining by British coal at the 700 acres of land at Berryhill.

Evening Sentinel Sep 5th 1989 Page 1. C.
British Coal are threatening to close Hem Heath colliery and shed more than 2.000 jobs if they are forced to halt mining under a subsidence hit Newstead estate. Page 4. British Coal is to invest £1.5m in a bid to remove noise and dust at Silverdale.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 7th 1989 Page 1. C.
British Coal will not call a halt on mining under the subsidence hit Newstead estate for 3 years it was announced today.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 8th 1989 Page 22. Co.
Hem Heath is having production problems, but British Coal said new developments should put the pit back on target in the next few years. The reserves in the area will provide the pit a good life.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 9th 1989 Page 11. Cheshire.
Government plans to allow Mr. Ken Acton, chief executive of Europa Minerals, has welcomed an increase in manpower in the private coalmines from 30 to 150. In North Staffs there are currently around 12 private mines.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 20th 1989 Page 18. Cheshire.
Full page spread on British Coal’s open cast scheme unknown to the residents.

Evening sentinel Sep. 21st 1989 Page 21. Cheshire.
Miners leader claims race for productivity is pushing up accident rates. Jim Dowling claims the final death toll will be double that of 1988.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 21st 1989 Page 3. Co.
An inquiry jury returned an open verdict on Peter Smith who was crushed to death whole working alone 2.000 feet underground at Hem Heath colliery.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 23rd 1989 Page 14. Cheshire.
A £1m plus investment in environmental improvements at Silverdale colliery has been given the go a head by councillors who say they have been bombarded with complaints about activities at the pit.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 28th 1989 Page 5. Cheshire.
Signalman’s Diary, through this column John Lumsdon, an ex-Florence colliery miner, and secretary of the WEA Industrial branch appealed for memorabilia relating to the Old Sal and other mining tragedies in the area.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 28th 1989 Page 26. Co.
Families in the pit village of Silverdale claim subsidence problems are turning a brook into a health hazard and causing main pipes to crack. They say the land in Silverdale has dropped 7 feet in the last year.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 29th 1989 Page 24. Co.
A verdict of accidental death has been returned on miner A. Brereton when he was pinned against a wall by a derailed wagon at Florence colliery.

Evening Sentinel Sep. 30th 1989 Page 11. Cheshire.
Fred Leigh’s “Potteries at War” has the aspects of Sneyd colliery explosion.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 12th 1989 Page 26. Cheshire.
A special service to mark the centenary of the Mossfield colliery disaster is to be held at St. Chad’s. Sandford Hill on Sunday and will be attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Stan and Marg Bate and on Monday John Lumsdon ex-Florence colliery miner, will gave a talk on the disaster at Adderley Green club.

Evening Sentinel Oct 16th 1989 Page 4. Cheshire.
Signalman’s Diary, A pencil drawing recalls men in the disaster at Mossfield colliery.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 20th 1989 Page 45. Newcastle.
A jury at the inquest returned a verdict of an accidental death on Mr. P. Elliott, who was crushed to death by an underground vehicle at Silverdale in January this year.

Evening Sentinel Oct. 31st 1989 Page 1. Cheshire.
Miner turned pop star Jon Ottis, took a break from his tour with Kylie Menogue to visit his old colliery Hem Heath. The 24 year old singer give up his job to support top star Kylie. His mates know him as John Pickering from Saxonfields, Longton.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 2nd 1989 Page 18. Cheshire.
Trustees of the award winning mining museum Chatterley Whitfield, have appointed their youngest ever director, Jim Hutchinson age 28. He is currently keeper of collections.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 2nd 1989 Page 1. C.
Councillors are calling for top-level talks with British Coal because they fear that derelict Holditch colliery could become another retail site.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 3rd 1989 page 24. Cheshire.
British Coal today announced plans for a lengthy exploration programme in part of North Staffs, which will involve drilling 24 hours a day.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 8th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Miners in North Staffs look set for a head on clash with British Coal over plans to scrap the Potters holiday for pitmen.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 9th 1989 Page 26. Newcastle.
Two Staffordshire pitmen have been presented with the MBE in recognition of their outstanding work for the community. Robert Barnett age 58 who worked in the industry for 42 years and was shift charghand engineer at Hem Heath, and Mr. Prein from Lea hall.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 13th 1989 Page 1. Moorlands.
Methane gas has halted production at the record breaking 505 seam at Florence colliery, which employs 1.000 men.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 14th 1989 Page 15. Cheshire.
Wartime miners made a nostalgic return to their old work place during a unique reunion of Bevan Boys at the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum for the first time in 40 years.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 14th 1989 Page 6. C.
Full production could re-start tomorrow at Florence colliery that was hit by a build up of explosive methane gas. Work at the pit has been halted since last Wednesday.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 15th 1989 Page 2. Co.
Miners’ leader Joe Wills has given his backing to families fighting British Coal plans for a huge open cast mine at Berryhill. Page 22. Hundreds of miners laid off at Holditch colliery are to receive a special memento of the pit’s closure, brass tallies; all will bare the pits name.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 17th 1989 Page 7. Cheshire.
Council officials are launching a bid to buy the rundown Holditch colliery site for industrial and recreational use.

Evening Sentinel Nov 21st 1989 Page 1. Co.
The government is planning to open up more private operations, ending British Coal’s monopoly to explore for fuel it was revealed in the Queen’s speech today.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 21st 1989 Page 18. Newcastle.
A North Staffs miner, David Mellor was today recovering in hospital after falling from a machine while working underground at Silverdale colliery.

Evening Sentinel Nov 21st 1989 Page 1. Co.
Staffordshire families face years of misery under government plans to allow more open cast mines warned planning committee chairman Bill Hughes today.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 24th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Power Group men at North Staffs pits are being balloted on industrial action in favour of an all out stoppage. Page 3. A row has broken out at Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum after the president of the UDM, Roy Link was invited to serve as a trustee. I. Bowen resigned; Joe Wills said he was not prepared to carry on; also S. Horsefield is threatening to resign.

Evening Sentinel Nov. 25th 1989 Page 3. Co.
Members of the Power Group at Hem Heath started an overtime ban in a dispute over bonus payments.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 4th 1989 Page 16. Newcastle.
Talks were continuing today at Florence colliery in a bid to avert an all out strike by 159 pit craftsmen over their bonus payments.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 6th 1989 Page 22. Co.
Joe Wills, union leader, claims North Staffs pits are still under threat despite assurances from British Coal chiefs. Jack Ashley MP was told both Hem Heath and Florence collieries had long-term futures.

Evening Sentinel Dec 7th 1989 Page 44. Cheshire.
Staffs at Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum have installed a “Wim Gin”, a horse driven wooden engine, used to raise and lower men and coal from underground workings.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 9th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Miners at Silverdale colliery will strike on Monday in a row over pay. The 24-hour stoppage could bring the pit to a stand still. The votes were 3 to 1 for strike action.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 11th 1989 Page 1. Moorlands.
Miners at Florence colliery produced the fastest million tonnes in the pit’s history. It’s the forth year in a row they have smashed the million tonne barrier.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 11th 1989 Page 1. Moorlands.
Production at Florence colliery was badly hit as men refused to go down over a pay row.

Evening Sentinel Dec.12th 1989 Page 3. Co.
A North Staffs leader called for talks to settle disputes, which hit production at Hem Heath and Florence collieries, but British Coal said that pit management would not hold discussions while industrial action was taken place.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 14th 1989 Page 16. Cheshire.
Full page spread on private pits await the Green light on an era of expansion. Muscle power still rules down the mini mines.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 16th 1989 page 3 Moorlands.
Craftsmen from Silverdale are to hold a mass meeting tomorrow to decide whether to end their dispute with British coal over bonus payments. Hem Heath have banned overtime in a similar dispute. Florence colliery dropped plans for an all out strike after accepting a new offer.

Evening Sentinel Dec. 18th 1989 Page 1. Co.
Pitmen refused to go underground at Hem Heath as a dispute over bonus pay escalated.

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