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David Cameron's corporate chums stake their claim
If the Conservative leader's grasp of facts looked shaky, the interests of his backers were more solidly
US mine explosion leaves 25 dead
Twenty-five miners were killed and at least four were still unaccounted for today after an explosion in a mine in West Virginia – the worst US mining disaster for more than 25 years.
CHINESE MINE RESCUE
At least 114 survivors have been pulled out of a Chinese coal mine over a week after being trapped by an underground flood.
National rail strike off as court grants injunction
A high court judge today granted Network Rail a temporary injunction to block next week's planned four-day rail strike by signal workers.
GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW GAS STATION
The green-light was given by the Government today for a 1,520 megawatt Combined Cycle Gas turbine (CCGT) power plant at Carrington near Manchester
News

Kellingley and Thoresby could remain 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. But the Government need to act now! 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

Hatfield Colliery
The devastating decision announced yesterday that Hatfield Colliery is to cease production with immediate effect is a direct result of the Government’s actions to double the Carbon Floor Price (Carbon Tax) from 1 April 2015. This calculated decision resulted in the Coal Generators stockpiling

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Jobs to go at Aberpergwm
Walter Energy who own the Neath Valley colliery in South Wales have given notice that the majority of workers at the mine will be made redundant and the pit put on care and maintenance. The NUM in South Wales are in talks with the company and the company say they will be exploring ways of avoiding r

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Unaffordable Nuclear Waste
Hinkley C is fast becoming a major financial disaster that does not seem to bother the Government or its Major Projects Authority (MPA) that works with HM Treasury and other government departments to provide independent assurance on major projects. With reports that predicted costs have soared from

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Truth & Justice - Who Cares?
Truth and Justice - Who Cares? The announcement by the IPCC today that they are not intending to pursue an enquiry into what happened at Orgreave comes as no surprise to the NUM.  At the time that South Yorkshire Police self-referred to the IPCC it was the NUM’s belief that this was noth

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