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Spanish Miners Dispute

The National Union of Mineworkers sends a message of solidarity and support to the brave people who stand in opposition to the closure of the mining industry in Spain.


On Friday 22 June 2012 180 miners will march hundreds of miles from the mining regions to Madrid on foot to demand a future for coal.


The NUM fully support the miners march which is backed by their trade unions CCOO and UGT.


Both unions are demanding an urgent meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Coal Plan, for a true dialogue without conditions, to meet the current needs and future of the Coal Mining and Mining Districts.


Where coal is available and needed it should be mined by the miners of that country.


Coal is both available and needed by Spain and should be mined by her miners.


Industries with employment that produce real wealth will be the solution to the economic madness and should be kept open.  The march in three columns on Madrid will raise the awareness of the need to retain the mining industry in Spain.


News

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

Power Struggle
Power Struggle So French energy company EDF now say that Hinkley Point C will not start to produce electricity in 2023 the year that coal-fired stations will be forced to close due to EU air quality rules. EDF say “During the early 2020s, many of the UK's power stations are expected to clos

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Coal Miners' Day Ukraine
Coal Miners' Day In the last Sunday of August miners in the Ukraine celebrate Coal Miner's Day which is declared by decree. The Coal mining industry is still one of the main branches of industry, providing coal to businesses and the people of Ukraine. The Sunday lands on 30 August this ye

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Labour Leadership
The National Executive of the NUM have opted to support Yvette Cooper for Leader and Tom Watson for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. The positives and negatives of all the candidates were openly discussed and at the end of the day a decision has to be made that will not suit all but never the less

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Unions Under Attack
This despicable Trade Union Bill must be opposed by all who value freedom The Tories’ Trade Union Bill is illegal, illiterate and illiberal. Illegal because it breaches the UK’s international legal obligations. Illiterate because it is incoherent, inconsistent, bureaucratic and nonsen

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