Yorkshire Miners' Association

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Yorkshire Miners' Association
Founded 1881
Members 20,000
Country United Kingdom
Former offices of the Yorkshire Miners' Association, in Barnsley.

The Yorkshire Miners' Association was a British trade union.

The union was founded in 1881 with the merger of the South Yorkshire Miners' Association, and the West Yorkshire Miners' Association, agreed only because both organisations were weakened by unsuccessful disputes. In order to save money, it moved away from its predecessors' focus on paying benefits to members who were unable to work, and instead aimed to improve working conditions.[1] This proved immediately successful, as the union obtained a 10% rise in wages in 1882, and membership grew to over 20,000.[2]

General Secretaries[edit]

1881: Benjamin Pickard
1904: William Parrott
1906: John Wadsworth
1923: Samuel Roebuck
1924: Joseph Jones
1939: Ernest Jones
1954: Fred Collindridge
1964: Sid Schofield
1973: Owen Briscoe
1986: Sammy Thompson
19??: Kenneth Homer


1881: Edward Cowey
1904: John Wadsworth
1906: Herbert Smith
1938: Joe Hall
1952: Alwyn Machen
1960: Sam Bullough
1973: Arthur Scargill
1982: Jack Taylor
19??: Steve Kemp
2007: Chris Kitchen

Vice Presidents[edit]

1881: George Cragg
1889: John Wadsworth
1904: Herbert Smith
1920s: John Guest
1931: Edward Hough
Fred Collinridge
1954: Sam Bullough
1961: Jack Leigh
1978: Jack Taylor
1980s: Sammy Thompson
1990s: Ken Capstick


  1. ^ Carolyn Baylies, The History of the Yorkshire Miners, 1881-1918, pp.61-62
  2. ^ Carolyn Louise Baylies, The History of the Yorkshire Miners, 1881-1918, pp.74-75