Winter of Discontent: 30 years on

This weekend Radio 4's 'The Archive Hour' looked back at the so-called 'The Winter of Discontent'.


The bitter and intense industrial disputes of the autumn and winter of 1978/9 helped change the course of British politics.

The Winter of Discontent, as it became known, saw a wave of crippling strikes across the country - and led to the election of Margaret Thatcher.

It was a pay claim by Ford car workers - 30 years ago this month - that set the tone for 6 months of union unrest.

The programme was broadcast on Radio 4 at 2002 BST on Saturday 6th September 2008.

You can still listen to it for 7 days on the BBC iPlayer.

For more details, including a slideshow and brief highlights here.

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