Posts Categorised: News

Miners’ Skegness Home Under Threat

The closure of The Miners’ Retreat, Skegness formerly the Derbyshire Miners’ Convalescent Home, would be yet another blow to those who worked in the coal industry. The home which is open to all with mining background has been open since 1939 and according to CISWO is still in high demand “the level of demand for

Why Do MP’s Not Sign Early Day Motions?

The latest briefing paper on the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme placed in the House of Commons Library 25 July 2018 is worth a read (click here). The paper covers the issues raised by mining MP’s who were members of the NUM at the time and those that continue to help. It also acknowledges and references the

When Is An Increase Not An Increase?

Correct me if I am wrong but most MPS pensioners over 65 won’t know exactly what separate headings constitute their pension let alone what each figure is and how it is worked out. So, when they are informed that the “Guaranteed pension (excluding GMP) is the heading that actually gets the 4.2% rise they are

NUM Fight For Fairness in Ill Health

Miners who are not able to work due to ill-health say they are not to blame for the closure of mines and yet with the closures they are no longer able to apply for an early pension due to ill-health that is unreduced, and this is a cause for concern.   The issue has been raised

MPS MEETING REPORT – CHRIS KITCHEN

Attendees: Gloria De Piero MP, Nick Smith MP, Stephanie Peacock MP, Dan Jarvis MP, Ian Lavery MP, Chris Cheetham, Paul Trickett, Bobby Clelland (Elected Trustee), Dan Whincup, Andy Gibbons, Holly Nelson (Coal Pension Trustees [C.P.T.]. Nicky Wilson, Wayne Thomas, Chris Kitchen, Alan Spencer, David Hamilton (NUM) Rob Skelton (First Actuarial). Apologies: Grahame Morris MP, Chris

MINERS’ CLAW – UPDATE NUM and IIAC Press For Review

28 June 2018 Minister promises review of Dupuytren’s Contracture ‘miners claw’ ruling The long running campaign to have the debilitating Dupuytren’s Contracture industrial disease recognised reached an important milestone this week with a senior government minister promising to unblock the process. Dupuytren’s Contracture is the first industrial disease since 1947 not to be brought on

Durham Gala Fringe

Established in 2013 Education 4 Action facilitates events in the week preceding the Durham Miners Gala. We are a team of enthusiastic volunteers with a shared mining and Labour heritage. We work closely with the DMA, Marras and like- minded organisation and will warmly welcome anyone interested in joining us. See events here

Breakthrough With Lung Diseases

How many miners have worked in tunnels where solid rock has been shot fired with clouds of dust so dense that you can’t see your hands in front of your face and how many miners have breathed in the dust as the ventilation forced it outbye? Well, as a direct result of a question raised

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

NUM GAIN JUSTICE FOR MINERS DAUGHTER

The NUM is pleased to report that it has been able to assist a severely disabled young woman and her family establish entitlement to mobility payments from the Department for Work and Pensions. Hayley suffered catastrophic injuries as a child when she was severely injured in a road traffic accident. Throughout her life she has