DEMAND FOR ORGREAVE INQUIRY
Mick Antoniw, Labour's Assembly candidate for Pontypridd who also represented Welsh miners who were charged in the aftermath of Orgreave as a solicitor has called for a full inquiry into the culture and operation of the South Yorkshire Police operation at Orgreave. Despite public calls at the time for an investigation, no inquiry ever took place. The tragedy of this failure is that not only have those miners who were arrested denied the justice and vindication that would come form such an inquiry it meant that an early opportunity to investigate the culture and operation of the South Yorkshire Police never took place. Justice has been delayed but it must never be denied.
Good luck with your election Mick!
The National Executive Committee at its meeting 27 April 2016 unanimously agreed:
The National Union of Mineworkers pays tribute to the strength and courage of the families and friends of those affected by what is known as the 'Hillsborough Disaster'.
The decisions reached by a jury at the Hillsborough Inquests on 26 April 2016 mean that all those who believe in justice must stand up and demand accountability.
Those who have lied and covered up the truth should now be called to account.
If the 'Rule of Law' means anything and really does apply to all then everybody should now see justice prevail.
The past we inherit the future we build.
Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained 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. 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
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