Interesting numbers

Completely missing from the excitement over the 25th anniversary of the miners\’ strike was the most interesting point about it. Our coal industry went into the strike with 187,000 miners and 174 pits, of wildly varying efficiency. Four years later the inefficient pits were closed and the workforce cut by two-thirds. Yet output, at 100 million tons a year, was much the same as before the strike. Productivity had trebled.

One comment on “Interesting numbers

  1. He’s not quite right. Before the strike productivity was about 500t/year. Five years later it had risen over 1,000/t year and output was only a bit smaller, but it did not treble to 1,500t/year until 1992, but by then output had fallen by about a fifth, and was heading much lower.

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