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Posted by: Mick Westwood. at time: 22/07/2010 09:32
Miners pensions. - Cannock Chase Retired Miners and Officials Association has written to the trustees and management committee of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme for the help that they have given ALL members by guaranteeing the cost of living increase on the Total pension that we receive for the remainder of this current 3 year term.This association has tried for many years to get the Treasury to commit to this, and in this, the most difficult of financial times ever experienced, does show that our own management committee does have the interests of it`s own members at heart. - Many thanks. Mick Westwood.
Posted by: mick Goodman at time: 24/06/2010 21:36
i would like to congratulate all that were involved in the reflections of the miners strike day at the northern college.it was an honour to be in attendance and apart of such a great occasion.
Posted by: Dai Rees (Cynheidre Colliery) at time: 05/06/2010 16:15
I worked at Cynheidre Colliery in the Gwendraeth Valley near Llanelli from the age of 16 to 21 and it was my honour and privilege to be a miner and a member of THE greatest Union ever in the NUM, I have since been a Union Rep with SOGAT82 & Unison and I am currently a rep for PCS, my whole life was shaped by those 5 years & I am now 47, keep up the struggle.
Posted by: Big Rich S Wales at time: 19/05/2010 18:55
Some shots of Blaenavon / Tower have been included in the following piece about the effects of the miners strike on the South Wales Valleys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OykvZZcLSNU Big Rich
Posted by: tom wood ex westoe colliery at time: 19/05/2010 09:01
request: i'm working on a project on felling colliery disaster,the 200th anniversary is May 25th 2012 y which time i'm hoping to commission a mining banner plus amemorial garden near the site of the disaster. Thomas Hepburn finished his working life at the colliery, the felling colliery disaster instigated the invention of the safety lamp,the colliery closed in 1931, the felling colliery banner seems to have disappeared,i'm looking for it or any photographs of it, for the design of the new banner, which will partly be designed by local school children. tom wood 0191 4695461
Posted by: alexander m inglis at time: 18/05/2010 07:46
king coal is ready and the members and coal communitys are ready to rise and be once be again the engine room of this country.
Posted by: Andy at time: 16/05/2010 14:21
Hi all thinking of putting in a claim for reduced earnins allowance. does anybody know the earnings for face worker in todays figures. appreciste any feedback
Posted by: bobby clelland at time: 12/08/2010 20:36
Andy. the last I heard, DPW/Jobseekers were useing the sum of over Â£860 per week, in relation to REA. to claim REA you must have a Date Of Onset of the disease or Injury before 30th October 1990 bobby clelland Secretary West Fife Area Retired Miners Branch
Posted by: mick kent minner at time: 11/05/2010 14:05
when are we going to stop these govements from robing our pension fund money we paid in was for us in retirment not fore mps wide screen tv so come on mun crake the whip and get our money back
Posted by: mick at time: 11/05/2010 11:40
i read with intrest on this site but to no aval nobody seams to want to stop the amount of money the goverment pinches of the num pension fund 2008-2009 the goverment took Â£3.43 MILLION POUNDS of us money tha was paid into our pension fund so as wee could have a better retirment fund
Posted by: MPS at time: 11/05/2010 18:40
The efforts of many members including M.P. members to address this issue was renaged on by the leaving government.
Posted by: John Gibson at time: 09/05/2010 21:07
Congratulations to Ian Lavery on his successful Election Victory for the position of MP in the Wansbeck Constituency. On a personal note I would wish to thank Ian for taking the time to attend the Funeral of Vic Lindsay last Wednesday and also take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended on behalf of the Family and the Rossington Retired Members Branch.
Posted by: Russ Guy at time: 09/05/2010 04:02
Daw Mill NUM Branch Sec ( Individual Capacity ) Folks, there is no doubt that the NUM still maintains its position as regards the NUM/UDM and rightly so, considering the history our proud union has in representing NUM members up and down the country in claims, and services that members/widows req' !! Folks, I Know the most of the individual people on here, that are playing political tennis on this web site, i am, and still am a SLP member, gutted at the labour party conference to ditch clause 4, so thats me, and that is my politics out in the open !! What i dont like is the fighting i see from friends in the Union, especially people i have known for a long time, and look up to to hammer individuals on this site. Friends/comrades, I do hope that from this post on......... 1) becomes a avenue for Area Secretaries to share there experiences 2) to ensure that members/past or present post there opinions 3) that all the infighting stop straight away, that any problems stay in the council chambers and be debated in the proper manner !! NUM....of all ranks, please grow up, we need to progress, and as a minority Union at Daw Mill. i am trying to create a progressive union down here, but if it cannot be acheived at national level, what chance do we have at local.... I hope and really hope that the powers that be will keep the infomation they have to themselves and not discuss the UNION'S politics on the site, can imagime if the right wing press ever decided to read the guess book, would make you all look like a bunch of ametures !! Russ Guy !!
Posted by: Nick at time: 11/05/2010 17:34
Well said Russ.I'm a comparative sprog(57)compared with some of the contributors on here,but I am old enough to remember when the old CPGB was on the scene.The way I remember things(and I'm open to correction by someone more knowledgeable)when the left experienced a surge BOTH Labour and Communist Parties benefited,and sadly vice versa.Russ has undoubtedly seen the UDM at close quarters.Stupid ignorant and apolitical,whilst at the same time sufficiently apathy-inducing to inhibit the kind of political change necessary to deliver an improved union service so vital in a hard/dangerous environment.Russ and his colleagues are right to oppose this malignant organisation AT EVERY TURN,and I'm optimistic that,with a new 'marriage of political convenience' to oppose nationally,we can become sufficiently thick-skinned enough to turn hands and brains to defeating reactionary forces wherever they raise their ugly heads.Nick.
Posted by: worried miner at time: 08/05/2010 15:32
I hope other trade unions dont read this guestbook otherwise they'll be wondering like myself whats happened to this once great union, as we seem to be taking cheap shots at each other i personally would expect better from area /national officials it saddens me to read this, get a grip and start representing your members, the job you were elected to do.
Posted by: alexander m inglis at time: 18/05/2010 08:01
your comments that each trade union is takeing potshots at each other is the legacy of the 84 strike.if the whole country had supported the num in 84/85,workers would be supported in the work place.the strike was for evey working persons rights,and to protect jobs.thats a lesson that the sacked bankers of this country have learnd the hard way.unfortunatly the miners union is not there to support them emas as the tories desimated the srongest union first.no matter who you were the union would stand for your democratic right to work.
Posted by: steve mace at time: 07/05/2010 22:21
I knew this would happen some individuals cannot help themselves this guestbook is for genuine comments not promotion and as for comments from OBSERVER i did warn everyone this would happen
Posted by: Editor at time: 07/05/2010 09:49
Chris, this is another blatant and dishonourable attempt by you to promote yourself for the NEC using the Guest Book. Also you should be in no position to know who the candidates are until nominations are opened and agreed at the Yorkshire Area Council. You clearly do know from your statement and have abused your position. I shall be writing to you with a complaint that the NEC election is now tainted. This is the danger YOU have created by using the Guest Book in the way you have. I think you should desist from any further comments on the Guest Book.
Posted by: observer at time: 07/05/2010 17:05
If the advice of Steve Mace in his earlier contribution had been listened to then this situation would never have arisen.
Posted by: CJRK at time: 07/05/2010 02:18
Bad luck in the General Election Ken. Obviously the voters in Barnsley East were not convinced you were the right man to represent them. Never mind you can try again, You can now try and convince the members of the Yorkshire Area that you are 100% committed to the NUM and should be elected to represent them on the NEC. Or is it just another ballot paper to put your name on. Do you really think the Members in Yorkshire are that gullible?
Posted by: BJ at time: 07/05/2010 21:45
Discusting that people are using this site to slate and slag about people. Any one who knows Ken knows he his 100% committed to the NUM. There is no wonder our country is in the state it's in if this is anything to go by.
Posted by: Nick Wroughton at time: 08/05/2010 15:12
I would have thought that Ken's mining/union record would speak for itself.Having NEVER had anything to do with the Downing Street Media Team must have been worth a few votes surely!?!.Yes it was a disappointing night for the SLP,but how about that electoral option spawned by the old Liberal Party with longstanding organisation,an established place in working-class mythology,TU funds(some sensibly held back for a re-run),a seeming total negation(in some cases by smooth weasel-worded thin-air promises)of activism(and,in the view of many,rejection of its core vote),tv exposure and 29% of the popular vote(in other words shy of the Blues by 2 million)?.Surely partisan triumphalism by New Labour supporters/apologists is hardly the line to take after what can only be described as a 'shafting' for all of us?!.The Lib-Dems(set to prop-up the Tories? and bolstered by exhortations to 'vote tactically' by The Mirror/New Labour right-wingers)are the real spoilers not Socialist Labour.I thought we'd need a 'notice of intention to creosote' to force public schoolboy Clegg/his crew off the fence!.The next few days should be interesting!.Having to combine those who returned to the pits in '85(13/3200 strikers)in my area with NUM supporters who hadn't struck(in order to limit the breakaway),called for pragmatism by those of us 'loyal to the last'I suppose.A pragmatism sadly lacking re comrade CJRK,who won't have brought those SLP-inclined Guestbook contributors(as opposed to party members)'back to the fold' with a mean-spirited,toxic personalised tirade such as this.If we'd have taken that approach(with indiscriminate use of the 's' word to potential supporters as well as the UDM),the joke by Leics Uni's Dr Bob Carter(Save the Cadley Hill 7!)may well have become a reality.Oh and BUGGER this spurious 'National Interest' nonsense,'cause my interpretation and that of a CBI bigwig may differ somewhat!.Nick Wroughton. Wroughton.
Posted by: stevo at time: 06/05/2010 19:22
If anyone wants a sign of things to come regarding a future con goverment read closely. After quizzing two tory councillors tonight on the closing of our mines resulting in unemployment,marriage break ups, families being uprooted to other mining areas and a destruction of communities in the 80s I was told "Your Dad should have gone & found another job". I questioned this and hit home with the fact that there were over 3 million unemployed under Thatchers reign. To this he replied "Well I managed to find a job & I was made redundant & my marriage didn't break up"(white collar work by the way!)....They didnt care about ordinary working class families then and they still don't. We moan about the current government (me included) but God help us when Cameron pulls his mask off & Lady Thatchers underneath...
Posted by: Ian Morrison at time: 05/05/2010 06:48
Sincerest condolences to Peter Heathfield's family at this sad time. Ian Morrison Hucknall Loyal to the last Secretary Nottinghamshire NUM Ex & Retired Miners Association
Posted by: Russ Guy at time: 05/05/2010 03:22
Can i just mention on this page, i am saddened to learn of the passing of a comrade i first met many moons ago ( or so it seems ) at the Yorkshire Miners W'end Schools, Vic Lindsay. Vic was the Rossington Branch Delegate and was a pleasure to draw on his wealth and experience when in his presence. R.I.P. Comrade, a working class hero !!
Posted by: Andy Bowker at time: 06/05/2010 00:28
Having just read,the sad news of the loss of both,Peter Heathfield and Vic Lindsay.Both men were true trade unionists and miners to the end,inspite of illness.I knew both men,and classed them as friends.The N.U.M as lost two pillars of wisdom,and a part of our history R.I.P,Remember The Miners United,Will Never Be Defeated.
Posted by: Chris Skidmore at time: 07/05/2010 13:32
On behalf of Rossington Miners I would like to thank everyone who journeyed both near & far to pay their respects to Vic Lindsay on Wednesday 5th May.Working at "Rosso" & since, I gained much from him and shared both good times & bad. Someone I admired, so proud to be his friend and the sad thing is I never told him so and now so wish I had. "The Big Meeting " will never be the same old pal (till perhaps we all meet together again) God Bless Vic sleep sound marra your pain has gone, ours is just beginning.
Posted by: EDITOR at time: 04/05/2010 22:19
To Chris Skidmore, You seem to attribute the article 'Brown's Gaffe' to me. It was a Guardian Article by Seumas Milne which if read properly was in support of Labour. Also let me point out to my good friend CJRK that the first Labour candidate ever to stand in Barnsley was stoned by miners in Market Square. It was said he would split the Liberal vote that the Miners' Federation supported at that time. I seem to be getting some verbal stoning but I am proud to be a Socialist who stands as one regardless. I say to CJRK 'It takes a worried man to sing a worried song'
Posted by: Wayne at time: 05/05/2010 11:46
Editor, Not too many weeks ago you criticised me for airing my views on this site instead of 'having the guts' to speak to you face to face. You have previously attacked the NEC ( by arttacking it's National Secretary) for it's handling of this unions finances. Even though you sit in on every meeting!! Now you seem to be airing your views quite freely as a candidate for the SLP. Even though the organisation that pays for this web-site does not support it!! Are these truly the views of a so-called independant editor?
Posted by: steve at time: 05/05/2010 20:24
It should well be worth noting that this website does belong to a political trade union but no one has the right to dictate to any visitor or member who they should vote for! It is the individuals sole right to vote for which ever political party they wish to cast there vote in favour of. Democracy should always prevail even though we know it doesn’t always. People visiting this Guest Book should be aware that with the NEC Elections approaching certain people are carrying out a witch hunt against the editor, who does a first class job not only with the website but also with the miner and has the full support of the second largest branch in the country. Wayne and Chris seem to think they have a right to attack him and he must keep quiet and not be allowed to defend himself and then call themselves democrats. Ken is entitled to his views as well especially when he is the subject of unprovoked attack. I am saddened that the three of you have chosen the Guest Book to carry on this unseemly and orchestrated attack on the editor. It was for this very reason that the Guest Book had to be suspended last year when the NEC Elections were taking place. As a candidte in the NEC election in Yorkshire I think it needs to be suspended again. Steve MaceNEC Member
Posted by: Period of Reflection at time: 05/05/2010 20:39
Are we really so tribal,authoritarian,intolerant of others,blustering and heading for a blown heart gasket?.Miners/supporters ALL over Britain felt/feel a tremendous sense of solidarity with Wales(as long as it's Maerdy not mardy!).Differences have existed for years.Scargill's rise in Yorks was a rank and file thing.The old left WERE the union establishment in Wales/Scotland(Martin Jacques etc have a lot to answer for!).Didn't do too bad a job in frightening the fascist state well beyond our 'sell by' date though did we?.I've read the postings and you seem to be reading much more into the editor's stances/replies than what's actually there.I know some letters are witheld,perhaps rightly in hindsight.Are you WILFULLY choosing to misinterpret what he's saying?.Would you REALLY want the union to airbrush recent leaders from its history/and reduce the Guestbook to a 'Swap you 2 Yorks Area strike badges for a Kent one'?.What would McGahey have said to any young un' trying to force a Modern Labour orthodoxy onto him?.Back home tail between legs methinks.Don't take yourself too seriously/blow a fuse.Remember the site's in the business of importing questionable obits!.See NONE of us agree with the poor flamin' editor,but not all of us rant at him? with the air of someone seemingly forever on the defensive from slights real or imagined,or possessed with an apparent degree of menace consistent with someone dying to use the phrase made famous by Alan Sugar.
Posted by: Wayne at time: 06/05/2010 10:23
Thank you Steve, you have also identified that there is an election within Yorkshire and once again this site is being taken advantage of. Incidentally, I have never suggested to anyone that they should not vote for the party of their choice. However, my point in relation to the National Secretary being attacked in the previous election campaign by the Editor surely is justified, is it not? If the NEC are being challenged in the way it reviews the Unions' finances have we not the right to reply? Or do we need to raise it through the Certification Officer as everyone seems to be doing these days!! More importantly is it not our remit, as elected NEC members, to raise matters of concern at the appropriate time and place!! If the suggestion of suspending the Guestbook had come from myself I wonder what the views would have been in relation to democracy? But I do agree that it is appropriate to do so whilst the campaign is ongoing. Regards
Posted by: Reply to Wayne at time: 06/05/2010 11:27
I interpreted guidance on who you should vote for as this below. Just goes to show we can read into it what we think in different ways unless people are precise in what they actually mean. Think about it. Quote from earlier posting 'if you want to waste your vote on a party that stuggles to field more candidates than the "Monster Raving Loony Party" then thats up to you.It`s your vote do what you want with it just consider this you don`t succeed in life by taking your ball home when you can`t get your own way!'
Posted by: Wayne Bywater & Family at time: 04/05/2010 16:13
Deepest sympathy to Peter Heathfield's family. The NUM and wider trade union movement have lost a true friend. A real working class hero.
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