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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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