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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

Coal Combine
UNITE the NUM and Employers met in Barnsley 19 May 2016 and heard a presentation from Banks Mining. The meeting was updated on coal matters and Parliamentary activity and welcomed the support of MPs so far but emphasised the need to gain the support of more.The meeting was very concerned about repor

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Demand For Inquiry
DEMAND FOR ORGREAVE INQUIRY Mick Antoniw, Labour's Assembly candidate for Pontypridd who also represented Welsh miners who were charged in the aftermath of Orgreave as a solicitor has called for a full inquiry into the culture and operation of the South Yorkshire Police operation at Orgreave. Des

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Hillsborough
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 Hillsborou

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Lights Out Warning
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://194.216.0.18/uploads/26/1263.pdf

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