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RIGHT TO STRIKE 'NO MORE THAN A SLOGAN'
For the last few years the judges have enjoyed a remarkably good press. They have been presented as Herculean figures, the only thing to protect us from the tyranny of state power, their role most recently vindicated in the Binyam Mohammed case. There the
Government must 'take back control' of North Sea oil and gas production
Ministers must wrench back control of oil and gas production from the private sector if Britain is to maximise the value of the remaining reserves in the North Sea, a respected petroleum academic has warned.
COAL GASIFICATION
King coal is ready for a British comeback in a form that sounds more like medieval hellfire than an energy source for the 21st century. But could it be green? The stakes are high – not least because the company behind the plan has captured the high
MICHAEL FOOT DIES AT 96
Former Labour Party leader Michael Foot has died, aged 96.
£ in free fall
The pound has tumbled to a 10-month low
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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

Ukraine Miners' Fight to Save Industry
MINEWORKERS ARE PICKETING THE CABINET OF MINISTERS On 28 January 2015, mineworkers from different parts of Ukraine came to Kiev to picket a building of the Cabinet of Ministers with the request to make provision in the state budget 2015 funds to support mining enterprises. Miners’ disconten

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POLISH GOVT SEES SENSE
POLISH GOVERNMENT SEES SENSE Hot on the heels of the decision of the Indian Government to support its coal industry. “Thanks to the determination of both sides, we can tell over 47,000 miners …. that this stressful time is over” said Polish prime minister, Ewa Kopacz. Poland los

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Skinner to speak at Rally
Dennis Skinner MP to speak at Knottingley Rally Love him or hate him (we love him) Dennis Skinner MP, joins Yvette Cooper MP and Ian Lavery MP on Saturday, 31 January 2015 to speak at a rally aimed at drawing attention to the plight of England's 3 remaining major deep mines. Kellingley, Thoresby a

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MP Slams Govt
MP Slams Government Over Support For Coal Industry Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale, has slammed the Conservative Government for its support for foreign coal production whilst it continues to deny support for UK coalmines. Recent research by the environment group, Greenpeace has revealed that the Gover

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