Introduction

Initially the headquarters of the Union of Mineworkers of Pas-de-Calais and later - after the Liberation - of the CGT (Confédération Générale du Travail) Regional Union of Mineworkers, for almost a century the Trade Union House was at the centre of struggles within the mining industry.

Key decision were taken in this iconic building that formed the backdrop of major strikes and protests. It was also here that information was disseminated to miners through the trade union newspaper which was written and printed on the site. On a day-to-day basis, the Trade Union House also provided miners with information on their rights and offered legal assistance. The end of coal mining did not spell the end of this bastion of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mining basin, which today accommodates numerous groups who are working on the rehabilitation of the territory.

Sylvain ROBERT
President of the Lens-Liévin
Conurbation Committee