Union of Democratic Mineworkers

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Full name Union of Democratic Mineworkers
Founded 11 December 1985
Members 1,098
Country United Kingdom
Office location Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Website Union of Democratic Mineworkers

The Union of Democratic Mineworkers is a British trade union based in Nottinghamshire, England, established in December 1984 by miners who continued working during the 1984-85 miners' strike.

The Nottinghamshire Miners' Association initially remained within the National Union of Mineworkers with elected officers including Roy Lynk and Neil Greatrex, the current General Secretary of the UDM.

In 1992, The Independent newspaper reported that officials from the UDM had advised ministers on how to cut miners' power - including attempting to weaken the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers (NACODS).[1]This was simply a smear campaign which was one of many against the UDM which were never proven or substantiated. The UDM was formed through the actions of Arthur Scargill by not having a national ballot on strike action because every colliery and site had an unofficial ballot and every Nottinghamshire colliery voted to strike, but demanded a national ballot to stay within the union rules of the NUM which never happened. Most collieries in Yorkshire voted NOT to strike as many were near the end of their working lives and Scargill couldn't have his own represented area vote to work, hence the unofficial strike. Results of the unofficial colliery ballots were posted in the Coal News newspaper

The UDM was widely criticised in March 2004 after it was revealed that its top two officials received pay and benefits of over £150,000 each, despite membership having fallen to 1,431.[2] On 3 April 2012, former president Neil Greatrex was found guilty of fraud from a miners' welfare fund.[3]


  1. ^ Clement, Barrie (1992-12-14). "UDM told ministers how to cut miners' power - UK, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  2. ^ Maguire, Kevin (2004-03-01). "Strikebreaking union accused of profiting from sick miners". Guardian Unlimited (London). Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  3. ^ Emma Sword "Ex-miners' leader Neil Greatrex found guilty of theft", The Independent, 3 April 2012