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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

Cut Out The Middleman
CUT OUT THE MIDDLE-MAN Kellingley and Thorsesby Collieries produce 3 million tonnes of coal a year. Today's price for coal at the main ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp is $US60.95 a tonne about £41 a tonne - lets do the maths over 3 years 3,000,000 x 3 x 41 = £369,000,000 Not

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PENSIONS CUT
PENSIONS CUT The NUM have learned that mistakes have been made in the pension calculations from as far back as 10 September 2012, according to letters sent out by the MPS. Chris Kitchen said that as soon as this was brought to our attention I spoke to Dan Whincup at CPT and he said that around 5,

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Coal Keeps Lights On
What will we do without coal? According to the latest figures released by the UK Government coal accounted for 33.6 per cent of electricity supplied in 2014 with gas accounting for 30.9 per cent, and nuclear accounted for 20.5 per cent. The portrayal by some as coal being an old fashioned method of

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Miners United
THE MINERS UNITED Music, drama, photography, film, art and poetry have always played a major part in supporting the working class. 30 years ago even the 'Boss' Bruce Springsteen supported the cause and gave 20,000 USD to the Durham Miners’ Wives Support group in 1985. Almost 30 years ago and

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