27th January, 1983 - Cabinet Meeting
From the National Archives, the following paragraph is "cut and pasted" from the cabinet meeting minutes:
THE HOME SECRETARY said that, although the strike was in a low key, this could change very quickly if there were a m ajor incident. Public anger with the unions would be directed at the Government as well unless contingency plans to deal with such an incident were promptly and effectively implemented. The Civil Contingencies Unit (CCU) would be meeting that evening to review the whole range of contingency plans. It would at the same time consider the presentational aspects of the dispute, with a view to deciding how best to marshal public opinion in support of the employers' case.
THE PRIME MINISTER, summing up the discussion, said... Every effort must be made to impress on the public the fairness of this offer and to ensure that the employers stood firm and offered no further concessions to the unions. Contingency plans for service assistance and arrangements for handling the public relations aspects of the dispute should be kept under review by the CCU as the Home Secretary had indicated.