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.
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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