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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

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