The Newcastle Employment Tribunal sitting in North Shields 30 March 2016 heard the NUM Yorkshire Area case for a Protective Award in relation to miners who lost their jobs with the closure of Hatfield Colliery in 2015 and decided that a Protective Award should be given.
The case started in Yorkshire in August 2015 and despite the closure of all mines in Yorkshire the NUM has continued the case to a successful conclusion. Chris Kitchen said that this award could put up to £1.7m back in the pockets of Hatfield men and the NUM would continue to campaign on the many issues still outstanding in relation to the mining industry. The NUM Legal Officer Harry Eyre, who led the case, said that this was a clear breach of section 188 of TULRCA and therefore those who are entitled to the maximum award will be awarded £3,800.
Miners' Vote To Retain Political Fund
Despite the devastation caused by the closure of deep coal mines NUM members increased the majority to retain a Political Fund. The Independent Scrutinners Report here: http://22.214.171.124/uploads/26/1259.pdf
Nuclear 'Use By Dates' Extended
There will be those who choose to use or even eat things beyond the 'Use By Date' but is it safe to do this with a Nuclear Power Station? Electricity de France (EDF) think so in fact they have extended the 'use by dates' of 4 of its nuclear power stations in Britain.
It appears that EDF have taken the role of looking after Government policies according to their 'EDF Group Result 2015' 16 Feb 2016 “In the face of challenging market conditions, belief that two important Government policies will be maintained and strengthened has given EDF Energy the confidence to move the scheduled closure dates of the four stations.”
Does anybody know what Government policies EDF are on about?
Does anybody know what the financial cost will be to the UK taxpayer? Hinkley C costs?
Surely Carbon Capture and Storage is cheaper and most would argue safer.
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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