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COURT VICTORY FOR UNITE
Fresh BA strikes are set to go ahead next week after a panel of judges overturned a ban on industrial action.
The right to strike is being threatened by the courts
The right to strike in Britain is now under serious threat. The injunction won by British Airways management on Monday outlawing walkouts by 10,000 cabin crew on an almost satirical technicality is only the latest of a string of bans on workers taking ind
WHAT NOW FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
Under the new Liberal-Conservative coalition government the welfare agenda could be a battlefiel
JUDGES TO RULE TOMOOROW
British Airways passengers need not fear strike action for at least another day after senior judges said they will not decide before Thursday whether a walkout by the airline staff will be illegal.
THEY LIED ABOUT NO NHS CUTS
The NHS is setting up a £2bn fund to cover redundancy payments as staff brace themselves for job losses that will to help the service plug a £20bn financial gap.
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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

Coal Combine
UNITE the NUM and Employers met in Barnsley 19 May 2016 and heard a presentation from Banks Mining. The meeting was updated on coal matters and Parliamentary activity and welcomed the support of MPs so far but emphasised the need to gain the support of more.The meeting was very concerned about repor

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Demand For Inquiry
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. Des

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Hillsborough
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 Hillsborou

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Lights Out Warning
Another warning that our electricity supply is facing such a crisis that the lights could go out during the next winter has been announced this time by the Industrial Communities Alliance. The briefing can be read here:  http://194.216.0.18/uploads/26/1263.pdf

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