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Sacking threatens further strife at BA
BA's sacking of the Unite Bassa branch secretary, Duncan Holley (BA union threatens 20-day strike, 7 May), is the latest twist in its bitter dispute with cabin crew. Holley was dismissed for the alleged offence of taking unauthorised time off work to cond
BA strikes could return
Action would begin on 17 May at the earliest and may run through half-term holidays after rejection of latest peace offer
REPRIEVE FOR DRAX
• Emissions targets delayed until 2019 to avoid energy crunch
Shame on those who defamed the NUM's Peter Heathfield
The death of former miners' leader Peter Heathfield reminds us of a disgraceful episode in the media's history
Secret papers reveal Falconer role in breaking up NUM
Labour's current lord chancellor, Charles Falconer, provided vital legal advice at the height of the miners' strike 20 years ago to enable the Thatcher government and the National Coal Board to assist the breakup of the National Union of Mineworkers, acco
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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

Knocking on Number 10
Well done TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady knocking on Number 10 and handing over a petition with over 200k signatures which follows up on the TUC Resolution to campaign against the Trade Union Bill. The Bill is further legislation designed to nullify Trade Unions and hence reduce terms an

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More Gas
Yet More Gas?With the Hinckley C fiasco going from bad to worse and the decision to phase out coal by 2025 you are probably not surprised to read that without new power stations a power deficit is coming to a town near you very soon. The cost of nuclear power and its waste is expensive and coal with

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Victory to the Doctors
JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKEWhat sort of government forces a situation where tens of thousands of Junior Doctors have to go on strike to demonstrate that they do not want the imposition of contracts they view as unfair and unsafe? Will the minister responsible hang his head in shame at the sight of so man

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Biomess
According to the EU Commission press release 5 January 2016 the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the United Kingdom's plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with EU state aid rules. Biomass is

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