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The NUM wishes to express its sincere condolences to the family of Lord Lofthouse whose funeral takes place today in Pontefract.


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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

Ukraine Miners Message
Ukraine Miners Message to NUM Ukraine miners' leader Sergey Yunak (PRUP) has sent Seasons Greetings from miners' in the Ukraine to miners and their families in the UK. Expressing the warm friendship built up over many years his message emphasises the need that we all have for reliable friendship an

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USA talking to Cuba
USA talking to Cuba Good news! the USA and Cuba are to re-establish diplomatic relations let's hope that the sanctions imposed by the US for over half a century are removed as quickly as possible and that both peoples can move forward and normalise relations.  

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China buys Wind Farms
China via China General Nuclear Power Corp. acquires an 80 percent stake in 3 Wind Farms from Électricité de France (eDF) for over £100m. According to the Daily Telegraph each job in the Wind Farm industry is effectively subsidised to the tune of £100,000 per job per year.

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Miners Remember
Miners at Lofthouse (West Yorkshire) remember those who lost their lives, suffered injuries and all those who worked in the mines during war years:- L to R P Harrison, J Harris, B Kenny. T Banks, D Dews [ Cllr], M Johnson [Cllr], I Bains, C Keith.[Cllr] Miners in Yorkshire Remember 100 years

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