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Title: The Yorkshire miners 1881-1926: a study in labour and social history
Author: Neville, Robert George
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 1974
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The historians of coal mining trade unionism have been working with a steady persistance, and the regional histories of most of the ooalfields have now been completed. Nothing has been written relating to the Yorkshire miners in the post-1881 period, however, and the aim of this study is to fill an important gap in our knowledge. The Yorkshire miners played a decisive role in the construction of a national miners' union. They helped to launch, and initially dominated, the Miners' Association of the 1840's, and the formation of the Miners' National Union, at Leeds, in 1863, was to some extent engineered by the South and West Yorkshire Miners' Associations. Of all the British coalfields, with the possible exception of Lancashire, Yorkshire contributed most to the formation of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain in 1889. Moreover, the Yorkshire Miners' Association was always ono of the three largest miners' unions in the country, and shortly after the end of our period the Yorkshiro coalfield became the premier coal producing region in Britain. The major theme of this study is the relationship between union activity and tho economic situation of the coal industry. It is shown that the membership, financial position and bargaining strength of the Yorkshire Miners' Association fluctuated aocording to the prevailing demand for coal. The part played by the Yorkshire miners in all the national disputes in the coal industry 1881-1926 is examined, and attention is given to events unique to Yorkshire such as the Featherstone 'Massacre' of 1893. and the Denaby and Cadeby Strike and Conspiracy Case 1902-06. In addition, the differences in wages and working conditions in the poorer West Yorkshire coalfield compared with the South Yorkshire district (and in particular the Doncaster area) are emphasised, as are the problems which the Y.M.A. had to face because of the existence of two administrative areas. The work is not only concorned with wages, disputes and industrial policy; political activities, social and working conditions and union organiza- tion and finance are considered. Finally the careers of all the district officials who held office between 1881 and 1926 are analysed in a separate appendix.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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