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Interview of Francis, Dai
Date: 1976   Location: SWCC : AUD/452
Recorded memoirs of Dai Francis, former General Secretary South Wales Area of the National Union of Mineworkers, mainly concerning his political awareness and involvement in the trade union movement. Included are early influences of the Anthracite and General strikes on his life; local recreation and religion within Onllwyn; influence of the Welsh language in the community; joining the Communist Party in 1936, and working on Onllwyn Lodge; Spanish Aid Committee activities; election onto the Executive Council; conflict within the Communist Party, and activities and disputes during World War II; wage agreements; nationalisation and the formation of the NUM; influence and activities of Arthur Horner; the advent of pit closures with the National Coal Board; role as the General Secretary of the South Wales NUM, and the 1972 strike; and the culture of the Miners Galas and Eisteddfodau





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