On 2nd January 1980 Steel workers staged their first national strike in over fifty years. The shutdown at British Steel Corporation plants across the country was in support of the steelmen's demand for a 20% pay rise. The management has offered a 6% increase, with tough conditions attached. The steel strike lasted nearly 14 weeks and plants reopened after the Lever inquiry recommended a package worth 16% in return for an agreement on working practices and productivity deals. Later that summer, 17,000 of the 24,000 South Wales steel workers were put on short time and in September, the Consett works in County Durham was peacefully shut down with the loss of 3,400 jobs.