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30th Anniversary of the start of the Great Miners Strike of 1984/85

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

 

Miners Remember
Miners at Lofthouse (West Yorkshire) remember those who lost their lives, suffered injuries and all those who worked in the mines during war years:- L to R P Harrison, J Harris, B Kenny. T Banks, D Dews [ Cllr], M Johnson [Cllr], I Bains, C Keith.[Cllr] Miners in Yorkshire Remember 100 years

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Pressure on to save pits
NUM and MP's Keep the pressure on to save pits National Secretary Chris Kitchen has now written to The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Matthew Hancock MP) 3 times with regard to the situation at UK Coal. Despite not receiving replies to his letters of 18 August and 18 Se

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Holiday Pay Ruling
The EAT has given judgment in the joined cases of Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton and ors; Hertel (UK) Ltd v Woods and ors; Amec Group Ltd v Law and ors. Its decision confirms that all elements of a worker’s normal remuneration – including payments in respect of non-guaranteed overtim

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Power Cuts
You Don't Know What You're Doing This Government is clearly hoping for a mild winter more than most with margins at the power stations running too tight to call. The NUM will keep pushing forward the case to retain coal production in the UK. With plans being made to ration power and pay plant

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