Derbyshire Record Office

Wages have always been a bone of contention in the mining industry. Many miners throughout the ages have believed that they were underpaid for the type of dangerous work that they did. In earlier times, wages were set by the individual colliery owners. This all changed from the 1880s when the Derbyshire Miners’ Association was established, following on from the success of the Yorkshire Miners’ Association. A short lived Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Miners’ Association had been first trialled in 1865, but with little success. The main thing linking these two Miners’ Associations was their Nonconformist Christianity. Many of the council in charge were from Methodist backgrounds. The compassionate nature this created meant that wages and working conditions were a main priority. This led to wage agreements between the Derbyshire Miners’ Association and the Derbyshire colliery owners who were part of this union. Not all collieries initially took part in this…

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