Been a few days since I was on MW.
The percentage of the pay increase is irrelevant. Example: If someone is earning £100 a week and we give them a 100% increase so they are earning £200 a week, they are still getting a low wage.
1972, the miners' pay was well below those in other industrialized nations. They had not striked since 1926.
Besides which, the miners hardly got rich. People working tough jobs in poor conditions and earning working class wages do not exploit the country. For exploiters you will need to look amongst the top 10% of income, and especially the top 1%, NOT THE BOTTOM 90%.
Seriously, WAKE UP.
It is not the working class, nor the unions that represent them, that are Britain's enemy.
You think I didn't know that 100% of nothing is nothing? And yes, I did know about them not striking since 1926. Wages did increase though and they were one of the better wages.
I don't agree with your point of view regarding the miners but hey, I only lived in an ex mining village (mine closed 1970). Am the grand-daughter of a miner, am married to a miner's son, who's grand-parents moved from Lancashire and Northumberland to work in the mines. Just one of those things that we will just have to disagree on.
Or the even more obscene wages 'earned' by premiership footballers. How come that's ok ?
Don't even get me started on that one! It's the fans that watch games week in, week out that pay for those wages, plus the sponsorship from tv coverage.