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The NUM has always regarded education and knowledge as a powerful tool for the working class and as this site develops it is hoped that this will be of assistance in providing the visitor with an understanding of how the world is seen from the eyes of the National Union of Mineworkers.

The National Union of Mineworkers is alive and kicking, and is still representing miners, their families and their communities. The NUM is still very active industrially and politically. It is over 30 years since the start of the Great Miners' Strike of 1984/85. We warned then that if our arguments for a role for coal in our energy requirements were not heeded then the country would pay a heavy price. Over 30 years on we have been proved absolutely correct.

Most of the nation's collieries have been closed, we are now at the mercy of foreign importers and gas and oil prices are rocketing. Our own gas and reserves have been depleted at an alarming rate as we have squandered them in massive quantities in gas-fired power stations when we could have used coal. At the same time access to the indigenous coal reserves is severely restricted by the closure of coal mines. At the same time we have been squandering the talents of our skilled workforce by making them redundant.

The Government should act now and ensure that an indigenous coal industry is retained otherwise we will continue to have to import coal in larger quantities at a price determined outside any control of the Government.

Energy supply and the cost of energy are of vital importance to the people in the UK and the role that coal plays should not be underestimated take a look how much coal is being used right now to keep our lights on>>>>>>> 
http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/index.php

A UNIQUE ORGANISATION

Chris KitchenThe National Union of Mineworkers is a unique organisation in that it still has a federal structure, which is comprised of area unions covering the length and breadth of Britain.

From Scotland to South Wales the NUM still represents miners, past and present, working and retired, as well as supporting wherever we can their extended families.

The Union has been highly successful in representing miners who suffered greatly from chest diseases and other injuries caused by the negligence of coal industry employers.

In respect of bronchitis and emphysema the Union's tireless efforts led to the biggest common law damages claim in history compensating thousands of miners and their families and making sure that those suffering from, and in many cases dying from, the consequences of terrible diseases and accidents received some justice for their suffering by way of compensation. We have been instrumental in getting osteoarthritis of the knee for miners recognised as an industrial disease and claims can be made through the DWP.

National Secretary Chris Kitchen

 

Held To Ransom
Labour Support For Coal
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband has written to the NUM expressing support for the UK Coal Industry. Whilst welcoming the news from the Labour leader Chris Kitchen said that every effort will continue to be made by the NUM and as soon as Ed is PM we will be knocking on his door the sam

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TUC Press Labour on Coal
1 April 2015 Bill Adams the Regional Secretary of the Yorkshire & Humber TUC has written to Labour Leader Ed Miliband pressing them to make the Party's position on coal clear before the General Election and to commit to a full investigation of the process and delays leading up to the Minister's

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April Fool
1 April 2015 - Just Not Funny NUM Secretary Chris Kitchen wrote to the Minister Matthew Hancock MP requesting information in relation to State Aid for UK Coal mines on 9 February 2015 and this morning before 12 noon the mail arrives with the letter below from his office. Two days after Da

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