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DAVY GUY

It is with sadness that I have to report that Davy Guy, President of the Durham Miners Assocation of the North East Area of the NUM, passed away last night at the age of 66 after a long battle against cancer.


Davy Guy commanded the utmost respect of the NUM membership due to his commitment to fight on behalf of the miners, their families and communities over the many years he has been actively involved in the NUM.


The NUM wishes to express its condolences to his widow Christine and his family.


Funeral arrangements will be posted when known.


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

More Gas
Yet More Gas?With the Hinckley C fiasco going from bad to worse and the decision to phase out coal by 2025 you are probably not surprised to read that without new power stations a power deficit is coming to a town near you very soon. The cost of nuclear power and its waste is expensive and coal with

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Victory to the Doctors
JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKEWhat sort of government forces a situation where tens of thousands of Junior Doctors have to go on strike to demonstrate that they do not want the imposition of contracts they view as unfair and unsafe? Will the minister responsible hang his head in shame at the sight of so man

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Biomess
According to the EU Commission press release 5 January 2016 the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the United Kingdom's plans to support the conversion of part of the Drax coal power plant to operate on biomass are in line with EU state aid rules. Biomass is

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Message of Support
A message to Kellingley Miners from Welsh Government  First Minister, Carwyn Jones "Over many years the strong links between North Yorkshire and Wales have rested on industry, and the coal industry in particular. Through good times and bad, we have worked, grown, survived, celebrated and m

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