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Assassination of Union leader Pedro Antonio Garcia
On behalf the TUC, British workers and the 6.2 million members in our affiliated unions I write to deplore the killing of a fifth trade unionist and the attempted murder of a sixth in the space of three and a half months in Guatemala
Widespread wage freezes could threaten recovery, warns TUC
Widespread wage freezes across the private and public sector will reduce consumer demand and could threaten the UK's fragile economic recovery
ONE HUNDRED FIRMS BLACKED OUT
Privatisation has starved the energy sector of long-term thinking, argues Terry Macalister. Photograph: Rex/Cosmo Condina/Stock Connection/Rex Features
E.ON chief: Preserve coal plants to keep lights on
Ageing coal-fired power stations should be exempted from environmental regulations and kept open to stop the lights from going out, the chief executive of E.ON UK has urged the government.
BUSINESS LEADERS WARN OF OIL CRUNCH
Sir Richard Branson and fellow leading businessmen will warn ministers this week that the world is running out of oil and faces an oil crunch within five years.
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