Hatfield Colliery August 2015
The Newcastle Employment Tribunal sitting in North Shields 30 March 2016 heard the NUM Yorkshire Area case for a Protective Award in relation to miners who lost their jobs with the closure of Hatfield Colliery in 2015 and decided that a Protective Award should be given.
The case started in Yorkshire in August 2015 and despite the closure of all mines in Yorkshire the NUM has continued the case to a successful conclusion. Chris Kitchen said that this award could put up to £1.7m back in the pockets of Hatfield men and the NUM would continue to campaign on the many issues still outstanding in relation to the mining industry. The NUM Legal Officer Harry Eyre, who led the case, said that this was a clear breach of section 188 of TULRCA and therefore those who are entitled to the maximum award will be awarded £3,800.
Despite the devastation caused by the closure of deep coal mines NUM members increased the majority to retain a Political Fund.
Yvette Cooper MP called on the Government to treat men at Kellingley fairly as they have saved the Government £’millions by continuing to work through a ‘managed closure’ yet they are rewarded by finishing with a redundancy payment which is a third of what men finished on 27 years ago! Click here to read the debate.
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