Arthur Scargill (born January 11, 1938) was the leader of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1981 to 2000 and is presently (2006) the leader of the Socialist Labour Party, a political party he founded in 1996.
- We need action not words. For the first time we are facing the prospect of seeing legislation introduced which denies the right of trade unionists to come to the assistance of other unionists and denies the right of trade unionists to seek the support of others in their disputes. There is only one response. Faced with this legislation we should say we will defy the law. It is the only action we can take and it is the only response this movement can give. If there is an attempt to use this legislation then you defy it not as an individual union but as a movement.
- Speech to the Trades Union Congress at Brighton on the Employment Act 1982 (7 September, 1982).
- Alan Wood, John Winder and Gordon Wellman, 'Overwhelming vote to defy 'anti-union laws' ', The Times (8 September, 1982), p. 4.
- We want to make it clear that we can no longer tolerate a situation where sponsored MPs oppose official union policy. The miners are entitled by virtue of their sponsorship to tell their MPs which way to vote.
- My father still reads the dictionary every day. He says your life depends on your power to master words.
- The strike...offered a challenge against the heart of the capitalist system...what I am thinking about...is the influence exercised by the strike on British society.