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UK Coal in Court


UK Coal and Joy Mining were fined today in Leeds Crown Court over the death of Ian Cameron at Kellingley Colliery.


Both pleaded guilty for their part in the fatality.


UK Coal was fined £418,000 including costs for failing to ensure the safety of Ian.


Joy Mining was fined £150,000 for not informing UK Coal of a known defect in the chocks which contributed to Ian’s death.


A spokesman for the HSE said that Ian’s death was avoidable.


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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

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