There Is Power In The Union

Responding to issues raised by A. Matthewson, H. Parfitt, M. Thomson and S. Jones relating to the status of the National Union of Mineworkers the Certification Officer (CO) has declared that she is satisfied that the NUM and most NUM areas continue to meet the statutory definition of a trade union. The CO has taken

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A unique organisation

The Miners Federation of Great Britain was formed in 1889 and became the National Union of Mineworkers from 1944

The Miners Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) formed in 1889 and subsequently became the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1944 and is still a functioning organisation today. The closure of Kellingley Colliery in 2015, the last major deep mine in the UK, brought to an end deep coal mining on an industrial scale in the UK. The motto of the NUM is “The Past We Inherit The Future We Build”. The immediate past is what remains of the coal industry and the miners and their families who worked in the industry. The NUM has consistently fought for the terms and conditions of its members including wages, holidays, pensions, fuel allowances and a host of social welfare benefits. It has also fought to have industrial diseases recognised and benefits from disablement paid. There have been many thousands of personal injury settlements pursued and settled by the NUM indeed there are cases that remain ongoing. The rapid removal of coal mines from our landscapes have followed a sort of “scorched earth” policy designed to remove any trace of those who built communities and hope for future generations. Whilst the NUM is able to it will continue to fight on into the future, representing, protecting and speaking up for the many gains that miners and their communities have made. There are still wrongs to put right, agreements to protect and our ongoing belief that coal is a safe fuel that can benefit the UK and is best produced by miners in the UK will be a constant reminder to those who have placed the UK at the mercy of imports that we have not gone away quite yet.   More on the History of the N.U.M

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16 June 2018 1pm Orgreave Rally

June 16, 2018

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Rally To Support Rothwell Community Changed

Residents on a former coal board housing estate near Leeds are threatened with eviction as they wait to find out if their homes will be demolished.

Investment company Pemberstone is looking to build 72 new homes on Sugar Hill Lane and Wordsworth Drive in Oulton, Rothwell.

The existing homes were initially only to be used as short-term housing, but have now stood for over 50 years. Although the coal mines are no longer the spirit of community values arising out of hard work and respect remains. Tenants are worried they will be priced out of the area if the plan goes ahead.

Most of the affected 250 tenants live on short-term tenancies so can be evicted without an alternative local home being found. Only a small number of the tenants have agreements in place where alternative accommodation has to be provided.

Due to a change of date in Planning Committee Meetings the Rally will not be held until new date is known.

*Note: Rothwell Haigh Collieries was the generic name for 155 shafts and adits. Roman remains have been found in an old well and the area was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086. The last pit in the area, Rothwell Colliery, closed on 9 December 1983 with the loss of 650 jobs.

*Source ‘Yorkshire Collieries 1947 – 1994’ Eddie Downes