at the coalface

at the coalface

  (British & Australian)
someone who is at the coalface is doing the work involved in a job, not talking about it, planning it, or controlling it You sit in your office looking at consultants' reports, but it's the men and women at the coalface who really understand the business.
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Joan Hart spent 46 years as a nurse and has now co-written her memoir, At The Coalface, with journalist and author Veronica Clark.
30pm JACK McGRATH vows Ireland will meet fire with fire at the coalface in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Peter chisels "It's a lot of work at the coalface," admits Peter with some understatement.
We all moan about the lack of funding for the NHS but if we started to curb the issuing of these prescriptions at the coalface there would be more funds available to treat patients who are in genuine need.
The staff at the coalface bear the brunt of our frustration, but credit where credit`s due.
It is just that Dyke's commission, if it is to have any credibility, has to be comprised of people at the coalface of youth football.
Izindaba reports [10] from experts at the coalface on just how, where and for whom it makes the most sense, and most critically, which high-risk groups might be most adherent.
Workers at the coalface of commerce, will in some way or other have to tighten belts still further, with fewer services being provided.
GREG PATERSON has little in common with the pampered SPL players who dream about their next pay packet while he's up at dawn for work at the coalface.
Mobile App styling and simple operation means that you are never far away from what is going on at the coalface.
There will never be a better opportunity for firms, working at the coalface, to have their views fed into the decision making process so they actually influence policy that will evolve over the next decade.
Paul Ragan has succeeded at the coalface of business and understands how the real world works and how money is made and jobs created.
The people at the coalface in the front line who deal with customers on a daily business need to communicate upwards so that senior management can know what is going on the ground," he said.
It is clear the existing arrangements have created problems due to the excessive size of some of the AHSs and the remoteness of decision making processes from the reality at the coalface.
Chair of R3 in South Wales Nigel Boobier said: "These professionals are at the coalface of the UK economy and the fact that nine out of every 10 believe that in 12 months' time they will be dealing with an increase in business insolvencies indicates we are unfortunately in for a long period of protracted pain.