Yorkshire Miners' Association

The Yorkshire Miners' Association was a British trade union. It is now an integral part of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Yorkshire Miners' Association
Yorkshire Area of the National Union of Mineworkers logo.jpg
Date dissolved1994
Merged intoNational Union of Mineworkers
Members79,052 (1907[1])
JournalYorkshire Miner[2]
Office locationBarnsley
CountryUnited Kingdom
Former offices of the Yorkshire Miners' Association, in Barnsley.


The union was founded in 1881 with the merger of the South Yorkshire Miners' Association, and the West Yorkshire Miners' Association, agreed only because both organisations were weakened by unsuccessful disputes. In order to save money, it moved away from its predecessors' focus on paying benefits to members who were unable to work, and instead aimed to improve working conditions.[3] This proved immediately successful, as the union obtained a 10% rise in wages in 1882, and membership grew to over 20,000.[4]

In 1994, the union's members were transferred to the national body, the NUM.[5]


General SecretariesEdit

1881: Benjamin Pickard
1904: William Parrott
1906: John Wadsworth
1923: Samuel Roebuck
1924: Joseph Jones
1939: Ernest Jones
1954: Fred Collindridge
1964: Sid Schofield
1973: Owen Briscoe
1986: Sammy Thompson
1988: Kenneth Homer


1881: Edward Cowey
1904: John Wadsworth
1906: Herbert Smith
1938: Joe Hall
1952: Alwyn Machen
1960: Sam Bullough
1973: Arthur Scargill
1982: Jack Taylor
1990: Frank Cave?
1990s: Steve Kemp

Vice PresidentsEdit

1881: George Cragg
1889: John Wadsworth
1904: Herbert Smith
1906: John Guest
1919: Edward Hough
1945: Fred Collindridge
1954: Sam Bullough
1961: Jack Leigh
1978: Jack Taylor
1982: Sammy Thompson
1990s: Ken Capstick


  1. ^ Report on Trade Unions in 1905-1907. London: Board of Trade. 1909. p. 82-101.
  2. ^ Marsh, Arthur (1984). Trade Union Handbook (3 ed.). Aldershot: Gower. p. 259. ISBN 0566024268.
  3. ^ Carolyn Baylies, The History of the Yorkshire Miners, 1881-1918, pp.61-62
  4. ^ Carolyn Louise Baylies, The History of the Yorkshire Miners, 1881-1918, pp.74-75
  5. ^ Trade Union Certification Officer, "Mergers decision: National Union of Mineworkers (Yorkshire Area) proposed transfer of engagements to National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)", 19 May 1994