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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

Kellingley and Thoresby could remain 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. But the Government need to act now! 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

We Will **ck You
Queen No surprise then that the Tories can't wait to stick the boot into the working class. The unelected and a government elected by just 24% of the electorate with the usual pomp and ceremony give notice of the beatings to come. Trade unions bill The trade unions bill will create more h

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Save Coal - Save Ukraine
Save Coal – Save Ukraine On 21 April 2015, the III Congress of Mineworkers of Ukraine was held at the International Centre of Culture and Arts in Kiev. 800 delegates representing their collieries attended that event. The key attention of that Forum was paid to the issue if mining industry is

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Workers Memorial Day
  Workers Memorial Day 2015 28 April 2015 - People throughout the UK observed Workers Memorial Day and NUM representatives attended the annual event in Barnsley organised by Raleys Solicitors. Yorkshire Area Vice-Chairman Keith Hartshorne spoke about how tragic events had shaped mining safe

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Held To Ransom?
Do we want to rely on the Russians to keep the lights on? Dear Sir, The last remaining deep coal mines in the UK will close unless the new Government grants them State Aid. Yet coal is the biggest source of electricity generation in this country, with more than a third of our energy still being

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