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South Wales coal miners walk out over closure plan

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES / February 18, 1981



London

Coal miners in South Wales struck Tuesday and urged the rest of Britain's 230 ,000 miners to join them in a national walkout in an attempt to reverse government plans to close uneconomic pits. The threat of a national miners' strike presents the Conservative government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with its biggest challenge since it came to power 21 months ago, commentators said.

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