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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

 

Hatfield Colliery
The devastating decision announced yesterday that Hatfield Colliery is to cease production with immediate effect is a direct result of the Government’s actions to double the Carbon Floor Price (Carbon Tax) from 1 April 2015. This calculated decision resulted in the Coal Generators stockpiling

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Jobs to go at Aberpergwm
Walter Energy who own the Neath Valley colliery in South Wales have given notice that the majority of workers at the mine will be made redundant and the pit put on care and maintenance. The NUM in South Wales are in talks with the company and the company say they will be exploring ways of avoiding r

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Unaffordable Nuclear Waste
Hinkley C is fast becoming a major financial disaster that does not seem to bother the Government or its Major Projects Authority (MPA) that works with HM Treasury and other government departments to provide independent assurance on major projects. With reports that predicted costs have soared from

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Truth & Justice - Who Cares?
Truth and Justice - Who Cares? The announcement by the IPCC today that they are not intending to pursue an enquiry into what happened at Orgreave comes as no surprise to the NUM.  At the time that South Yorkshire Police self-referred to the IPCC it was the NUM’s belief that this was noth

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