Arthur Scargill speaking at The Battle of Saltley Gate 40th Anniversary Commemoration

Film Length: 15:51

On 10th February 1972, 30,000 Birmingham engineers walked out on strike in solidarity with striking miners. Up to 15,000 of them marched to join 2,000 miners in a mass picket of Saltley Gate coke plant, where 100,000 tonnes of coal were stored. The blockade forced the police to surrender and close the gates, and a Tory government to concede the miners’ demand for a 27% pay rise. Arthur Scargill speaks on the 40th anniversary of one of the great moments of working class history.