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DEATH OF THATCHER

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013)


The former UK Prime Minister who held office from 4 May 1979 until 28 November 1990 died 8 April 2013. To her family our condolences.


The legacy of what the Conservative Government did to British Industry under Thatcher is not one to be proud of if you really did want the best for the people.


Of course Thatcher was the symbol of “free enterprise” and set out to serve those whose interests were profit for the few.


The coal mining industry is not on its own in suffering the decimation of a world class industry in the name of the “free market”.


Thatcher lived long enough to see her beliefs demolished when the “free market” collapsed and came running to the State for support.


Unlike the Banks who gambled, cheated and were bailed out – Coal mines were closed and communities were left to suffer.


Margaret Hilda Thatcher is gone but the damage caused by her fatally flawed politics sadly lingers on.


Good Riddance.



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

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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Miners United
THE MINERS UNITED Music, drama, photography, film, art and poetry have always played a major part in supporting the working class. 30 years ago even the 'Boss' Bruce Springsteen supported the cause and gave 20,000 USD to the Durham Miners’ Wives Support group in 1985. Almost 30 years ago and

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NUM Vindicated Two
NUM Vindicated in the courts for the second time in a week The judgement handed down 6 February 2015 by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case taken against the NUM by S Mace fully vindicates the actions of the NUM in relation to the case taken against them by Mr Mace. Mr Mace was represented b

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Coal Conference
Following the successful march and rally in Knottingley on 31 January 2015 miners' leaders together with Unite and the TUC take the fight for coal to Westminster. The rally proved that miners' have many friends in Parliament who are standing up in the fight to save the UK indigenous coal industry th

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