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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

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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