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MALTBY COLLIERY

Hargreaves Chief Executive Gordon Banham yesterday announced the intention to mothball Maltby Colliery.  The reasons given for the decision were an unacceptably high risk to the  health and safety of the workforce in bringing back T125`s face as well as poor geology and financial costs.  The mining Unions and workforce have been offered the chance to formulate a rescue plan with the company in an attempt to allow continuation of the colliery.  This plan has to be finalised before the 30 November 2012.


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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

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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NUM and MP's Keep the pressure on to save pits
NUM and MP's Keep the pressure on to save pits National Secretary Chris Kitchen has now written to The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Matthew Hancock MP) 3 times with regard to the situation at UK Coal. Despite not receiving replies to his letters of 18 August and 18 Se

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Holiday Pay Ruling
The EAT has given judgment in the joined cases of Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton and ors; Hertel (UK) Ltd v Woods and ors; Amec Group Ltd v Law and ors. Its decision confirms that all elements of a worker’s normal remuneration – including payments in respect of non-guaranteed overtim

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Power Cuts
You Don't Know What You're Doing This Government is clearly hoping for a mild winter more than most with margins at the power stations running too tight to call. The NUM will keep pushing forward the case to retain coal production in the UK. With plans being made to ration power and pay plant

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