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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.


News

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

Coal Combine
UNITE the NUM and Employers met in Barnsley 19 May 2016 and heard a presentation from Banks Mining. The meeting was updated on coal matters and Parliamentary activity and welcomed the support of MPs so far but emphasised the need to gain the support of more.The meeting was very concerned about repor

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Demand For Inquiry
DEMAND FOR ORGREAVE INQUIRY Mick Antoniw, Labour's Assembly candidate for Pontypridd who also represented Welsh miners who were charged in the aftermath of Orgreave as a solicitor has called for a full inquiry into the culture and operation of the South Yorkshire Police operation at Orgreave. Des

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Hillsborough
The National Executive Committee at its meeting 27 April 2016 unanimously agreed:The National Union of Mineworkers pays tribute to the strength and courage of the families and friends of those affected by what is known as the 'Hillsborough Disaster'. The decisions reached by a jury at the Hillsborou

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Lights Out Warning
Another warning that our electricity supply is facing such a crisis that the lights could go out during the next winter has been announced this time by the Industrial Communities Alliance. The briefing can be read here:  http://194.216.0.18/uploads/26/1263.pdf

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