The enemy within

21 November 2013

The CWU, NUT and FBU have backed a new film about the miners’ strike, Still the Enemy Within, and pledged to raise support among their members. At a special launch event for the films crowd funding page, Jane Loftus, president of the CWU, explained: ‘This is about solidarity, just like the miners’ strike itself was about solidarity. We need to support this film and get it funded, so we can use it next year to take back our working class history. I ask you to support and donate to this film’.

Still the Enemy Within is a first time feature for director Owen Gower. It tells the story of the strike through the voices of Arthur's Army - a group of miners who put themselves on the frontline of every major battle for a year to defend their jobs and their communities.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: ‘This film will be vital part of educating new fire fighters on the role of the union and on wider working class history. We face similar attacks today as the miners faced in 1984 and I am proud the FBU is supporting this film and we will do everything to make sure it reaches its target’.

The CWU, FBU and Dartmouth Films co-hosted an event to launch the crowd funding campaign for Still the Enemy Within at Somerset House. The event was attended by Davy Hopper, chair of the Durham Mibers' Gala, and the campaigning solicitor Gareth Peirce. Veteran film maker Ken Loach also pledged to help the film.

The film makers are asking ASLEF members and local branches to follow suit and support the film by visiting They are also asking individuals to donate.

Get your trade union branch to support our film

At the event Unison members pledged to raise support for the film and Davy Hopper said the miners would donating generously. The film is already supported by seven branches of the RMT.

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