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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

Memorial 2015

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

 

Coal Keeps Lights On
What will we do without coal? According to the latest figures released by the UK Government coal accounted for 33.6 per cent of electricity supplied in 2014 with gas accounting for 30.9 per cent, and nuclear accounted for 20.5 per cent. The portrayal by some as coal being an old fashioned method of

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Miners United
THE MINERS UNITED Music, drama, photography, film, art and poetry have always played a major part in supporting the working class. 30 years ago even the 'Boss' Bruce Springsteen supported the cause and gave 20,000 USD to the Durham Miners’ Wives Support group in 1985. Almost 30 years ago and

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NUM Vindicated Two
NUM Vindicated in the courts for the second time in a week The judgement handed down 6 February 2015 by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case taken against the NUM by S Mace fully vindicates the actions of the NUM in relation to the case taken against them by Mr Mace. Mr Mace was represented b

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Coal Conference
Following the successful march and rally in Knottingley on 31 January 2015 miners' leaders together with Unite and the TUC take the fight for coal to Westminster. The rally proved that miners' have many friends in Parliament who are standing up in the fight to save the UK indigenous coal industry th

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