The National Executive Committee at its meeting 27 April 2016 unanimously agreed:
The National Union of Mineworkers pays tribute to the strength and courage of the families and friends of those affected by what is known as the 'Hillsborough Disaster'.
The decisions reached by a jury at the Hillsborough Inquests on 26 April 2016 mean that all those who believe in justice must stand up and demand accountability.
Those who have lied and covered up the truth should now be called to account.
If the 'Rule of Law' means anything and really does apply to all then everybody should now see justice prevail.
The past we inherit the future we build.
Another warning that our electricity supply is facing such a crisis that the lights could go out during the next winter has been announced this time by the Industrial Communities Alliance.
The briefing can be read here: http://22.214.171.124/uploads/26/1263.pdf
The Newcastle Employment Tribunal sitting in North Shields 30 March 2016 heard the NUM Yorkshire Area case for a Protective Award in relation to miners who lost their jobs with the closure of Hatfield Colliery in 2015 and decided that a Protective Award should be given.
The case started in Yorkshire in August 2015 and despite the closure of all mines in Yorkshire the NUM has continued the case to a successful conclusion. Chris Kitchen said that this award could put up to £1.7m back in the pockets of Hatfield men and the NUM would continue to campaign on the many issues still outstanding in relation to the mining industry. The NUM Legal Officer Harry Eyre, who led the case, said that this was a clear breach of section 188 of TULRCA and therefore those who are entitled to the maximum award will be awarded £3,800.
Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?
In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.
"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."
The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf
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