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Scargill, Arthur

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishScargill, ArthurArthur ScargillScar‧gill, Arthur /ˈskɑːɡɪl $ ˈskɑːr-/  (1938–) a British trade union leader, who was president of the National Union of Mineworkers (1981–2000). He is remembered especially for leading Britain’s coal miners in a long but unsuccessful strike (=occasion when workers stop working in order to protest or ask for higher pay) in 1984 to 1985, and for his strong opposition to Margaret Thatcher. He was a very effective public speaker, and in the 1990s he often criticized the leaders of the Labour Party and said that they had given up their left-wing principles.
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