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BENTLEY MINERS MEMORIAL

This year`s annual Bentley Memorial will take place on Sunday 25 November 2012 at 12 noon at Arksey Cemetery.  The memorial will last approximately 30 minutes and the service will be conducted by local clergy.


The Memorial is held to commemorate those who lost their lives in the disasters of 1931 and 1978.


News

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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Labour Support For Coal
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband has written to the NUM expressing support for the UK Coal Industry. Whilst welcoming the news from the Labour leader Chris Kitchen said that every effort will continue to be made by the NUM and as soon as Ed is PM we will be knocking on his door the sam

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TUC Press Labour on Coal
1 April 2015 Bill Adams the Regional Secretary of the Yorkshire & Humber TUC has written to Labour Leader Ed Miliband pressing them to make the Party's position on coal clear before the General Election and to commit to a full investigation of the process and delays leading up to the Minister's

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April Fool
1 April 2015 - Just Not Funny NUM Secretary Chris Kitchen wrote to the Minister Matthew Hancock MP requesting information in relation to State Aid for UK Coal mines on 9 February 2015 and this morning before 12 noon the mail arrives with the letter below from his office. Two days after Da

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