Miners on strike, Harworth colliery, Nottinghamshire, 1937.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph showing miners on a stay-in-strike, reading the Daily Herald newspaper. Harworth, in common with the whole of the Nottinghamshire coalfield, was the scene of a bitter industrial dispute in 1936-1937. Members of the Miners' 'Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) union went on strike to try to persuade the mine owners, who only recognised the rival moderate union formed by George Spencer after the General Strike of 1926, to grant official recognition to their union. The strike dragged on for over 6 months until a compromise was reached whereby the unions were merged, with Spencer becoming president of the Nottingham area of the MFGB. After the strike, 11 miners and one miner's wife were convicted of riot and given prison sentences with hard labour.