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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

Save Coal - Save Ukraine
Save Coal – Save Ukraine On 21 April 2015, the III Congress of Mineworkers of Ukraine was held at the International Centre of Culture and Arts in Kiev. 800 delegates representing their collieries attended that event. The key attention of that Forum was paid to the issue if mining industry is

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Workers Memorial Day
  Workers Memorial Day 2015 28 April 2015 - People throughout the UK observed Workers Memorial Day and NUM representatives attended the annual event in Barnsley organised by Raleys Solicitors. Yorkshire Area Vice-Chairman Keith Hartshorne spoke about how tragic events had shaped mining safe

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Held To Ransom?
Do we want to rely on the Russians to keep the lights on? Dear Sir, The last remaining deep coal mines in the UK will close unless the new Government grants them State Aid. Yet coal is the biggest source of electricity generation in this country, with more than a third of our energy still being

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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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