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HOLLYWOOD AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS With over 20 awards from all over the world the short film made by Steve Linstead and Andy Lawrence ‘Black Snow’ received 2 awards presented in Hollywood by Dani Jae at the world-famous Raleigh Studios.   The film was produced in conjunction with heritage work around the Oaks Colliery Disaster of 1866. Much of

Why did UK Government say that they could not do anything for our coal industry? Poland have shown what could be done. European Commission – Daily News Daily News 08 / 02 / 2018 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEX-18-701_en.htm State aid: Commission approves PLN 5 billion Polish support for closing coal mines The European Commission has found amendments to

BOOM BOOM OUT GO THE LIGHTS

The headlines almost 12 months ago were “Britain goes without coal for the first time ‘since Industrial Revolution’”. 12 months on and when the cold started to bite, can anyone tell us the last day that if coal was not burned to generate electricity the lights would not have gone out? Total coal imports in

Mineworkers Pension Scheme ERRORS

Mineworkers Pension Scheme We have been informed that an error has occurred that has resulted in a number of MPS members mistakenly being issued with new tax codes. We are told that this is being rectified as a matter of the highest priority by Capita and HMRC. Affected members will be contacted shortly to advise

DUPUYTRENS CONTRACTURE – GOVERNMENT REJECTS MEDICAL EXPERTS ADVICE

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommended that the condition known as Dupuytren’s Contracture should be Prescribed as an Industrial Disease. The government have rejected this advice saying, “Only after full consideration of the impact is the Secretary of State in a position to decide whether to accept or reject a recommendation from IIAC and to

Dirty Old Tricks

The NUM continue to explore every avenue in relation to the historic injustice that miners’ endure in relation to pneumoconiosis. First it was the x-ray and ‘no significant change’ then it was put down to ‘emphysema and smoking’ and now without prescription the DWP have introduced breathing tests that have nothing to do with pneumoconiosis

Rub Some More Salt In

With news that the political party that destroyed the coal industry wants to hold an event at the National Coal Mining Museum for England should they be surprised that people are upset? Read the Durham Miners response here Read NUM response here

Coal Keeps You Safe & Warm

Remember the recent headlines about how wind power has now replaced coal and the king is dead. Not that there is anything wrong with wind, solar, tidal or any other form of power that helps us survive. Whilst coal still has a role it can and should be used cleanly and extracted from under our