Looking back: Coal trimmers’ strike 1912

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The national coal strike of 1912 was the first of its kind to be held in Britain.

Its main goal was securing a minimum wage for coal workers who found it hard to make a living.

But while other towns and villages in Fife had their coal miners, Burntisland had an army of coal trimmers - men who spent their working lives in the holds of ships, spreading the cargo of coal evenly to ensure stability when the ship sailed.

This photo shows the Burntisland coal trimmers at a meeting in Harbour Place during the strike.

It ended on April 6, after 37 days with The Coal Mines (Minimum Wage) Act 1912 the final result.

(Picture courtesy of Burntisland Heritage Trust)