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MALTBY COLLIERY

The announcement yesterday that the Board of Hargreaves have decided to mothball the colliery is devastating news for the 542 employees and their families. Hargreaves has agreed to pay enhanced redundancy terms which was due to expire at the end of December.

 Efforts will now be focused on mothballing the colliery safely and retaining as many jobs as possible elsewhere in the Hargreaves group including Hatfield Colliery which they manage.

The closure of Maltby Colliery is also a savage blow to what remains of the British Coal Mining industry and the contribution that is made to the security of supply of our Nation’s electricity generation. With up to 50% of our electricity generated from coal we will become reliant on imports and held hostage to escalating international prices, price increases which we will pay through our energy bills.


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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

Will Labour Support Coal?
  Will Labour Support Coal?   28 March 2015   Yorkshire and Humber TUC's Regional Conference voted unanimously to support an emergency motion moved by the NUM Yorkshire Area and seconded by Nacods to demand an investigation into the reason for the delay with regard to the Govern

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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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